‘No regrets’: trio of seniors satisfied with collegiate careers


Kelby Wingert/Iowa State Daily

Senior guard/forward Brynn Williamson shoots against Oklahoma State in the third game of the 2015 Big 12 Championship in Dallas, Texas. The Cyclones fell to the Cowgirls 67-58. Williamson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Iowa State.

Chris Wolff

As the seconds ticked down on the season and ultimately on Brynn Williamson’s career, her thoughts drifted away from the game, the score and other trivial things of that nature.

Instead, she thought of the big picture. Her four years of donning the cardinal and gold was coming to a close. She thought of the good times, the bad times and the countless memories made as a Cyclone.

“I just thought about [this being] the last time I’ll wear the jersey, the last time I’ll play with those girls in the locker room,” Williamson said.

The season may have ended in disappointment, but her career was anything but.

A key performer for all four years, the senior scored more than 1,000 points in her collegiate career and helped get her team to the NCAA tournament each season.

While the accomplishments were numerous, perhaps the most memorable aspect of her time in Ames will be the bonds formed with her teammates.

“It’s been a great ride with the girls,” Williamson said. “That’s what I’m going to remember most is my time with them.”

Two of those girls have been with Williamson through it all.

Fellow seniors Nikki Moody and Fallon Ellis also saw their careers come to a close when the Cyclones dropped their first round NCAA tournament game against the Dayton Flyers.

Moody, a four-year starter for the Cyclones, now owns the school record for career assists and motored the ISU offensive attack all season long.

She led the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game and in assists at 6.8 per game.

While both Williamson and Moody played large roles in each of the last four seasons, Ellis settled into a reserve role for much of her career.

Ellis started out this season in a reserve role as well, before coming on strong down the stretch and earning a starting spot in the final five games of the season.

Perhaps Ellis’ most impressive performance of the season came on Senior Day against then No. 3 Baylor as she led the Cyclones with 18 points in the upset effort.

On the season, Ellis averaged a career-high 5.2 points per game and was third on the team in rebounding at 4.2 rebounds per game despite the height disadvantage she often was forced to overcome.

During the course of four years, the trio had ups and downs, good times and bad times, but as Ellis looks back on it all she wouldn’t change a thing.

“I feel like these past years with these girls has ben amazing and I’m not regretting anything,” Ellis said.

ISU coach Bill Fennelly has been here before. After completing his 20th season at Iowa State, he has grown accustomed to seniors moving on and new players coming in. Still, he knows this group will be tough to replace.

“We’ll lose three great players and three kids who did a lot of good things at Iowa State,” Fennelly said.