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Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones stay perfect, Fennelly secures 600th win

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Tyler Coe
Addy Brown shoots a three pointer against Kansas at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 3, 2023.

Iowa State traveled to Provo, Utah, Saturday night to take on BYU in its first matchup with the Cougars since they joined the Big 12. The Cyclones kept the hot streak going early in conference play, taking down BYU 80-75.

Going into the matchup, the Cyclones had turned a lot of heads with their back-to-back wins over Oklahoma State and Kansas that kept them undefeated in Big 12 play.

Iowa State pulled out a tough win against a resilient BYU team that continued to put pressure on the Cyclones all the way up until the final whistle.

Fennelly earns 600th career win

The win for Iowa State meant the most to Bill Fennelly, as he earned his 600th career win as the head coach of the Cyclones.

Dating back to when Fennelly was hired in 1995, he was tasked with fixing an Iowa State team that had not had a lot of success prior to his hiring. Now he will go down as one of the best, if not the best, head coach to come out of Iowa State.

Fennelly had never coached an Iowa State team against BYU before in his 29 seasons of being a Cyclone, but earning his 600th against a team he has never faced with Iowa State is sure to cap off a great night for him and the team.

Brown, Jackson lead Cyclones in 3-point battle

Forward Addy Brown and guard Arianna Jackson led the team in 3-point shooting, going a combined 9-for-14 helping vault the Cyclones to a win.

Brown tied career highs in both points scored (24) and 3-point field goals (four) in her dominant freshman campaign for the Cyclones.

For Jackson, she continued to show off her offensive spark with her 17-point performance that came from 6-for-9 shooting, 5-for-7 coming from 3-point range that brought her a new career high.

In a game where BYU and Iowa State traded many key shots down the stretch, both Brown and Jackson showed out to keep the Cyclones undefeated in conference play.

Limiting second half turnovers sealed the deal for Iowa State in the end

It seemed like the same old young Iowa State team that found themselves down by three points at half to BYU, as the team committed 10 turnovers through the first two quarters of play.

But something seemed to change in the second half as Iowa State kept it a relatively clean game throughout the last two quarters, only turning over the ball four times.

With the limited turnovers came more opportunities to score. The Cyclones rode a 50-point second half performance to seal the deal against the Cougars.

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