Women’s hoops: Reloading after losing key seniors


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Nikki Moody works her way around an opposing player against Oklahoma State in the third game of the 2015 Big 12 Championship in Dallas, Texas. The Cyclones fell to the Cowgirls 67-58.

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Good teams do not replace key members of the team from year to year. They just reload. Here’s a quick look at how the Cyclones may reload next year after three seniors will be lost to graduation.

Departing: Nikki Moody

Reloading: Jadda Buckley

Point guard Nikki Moody powered the ISU offensive attack for much of the season as she led the team in both scoring and assists. The senior holds the school record for career assists, making her role a tough one to step into.

Buckley will attempt to fill those big shoes after missing the majority of this season with a foot injury. Buckley showed she is capable of stepping into such a role as she scored 10.9 points per game and dished out 3.3 assists per contest as a true freshman last year.

Departing: Brynn Williamson

Reloading: Nicole “Kidd” Blaskowsky

Williamson became Iowa State’s leading sharp-shooter as she chucked up more than 200 3-pointers and cashed in on more than 70 of those attempts this season. The senior racked up more than 1,000 points in her collegiate career.

Blaskowsky seems likely to be Williamson’s successor as the junior proved her abilities as a long-range sniper this season. Blaskowsky actually shot a higher percentage from the 3-point line than Williamson this season, albeit on significantly fewer attempts. She hit 62 3-pointers on 164 attempts this season.

Departing: Fallon Ellis

Reloading: Bryanna Fernstrom, Claire Ricketts

Fernstrom was a starter for most of the season before Ellis took her spot for the final few games of the season. The 6-foot-5-inch Fernstrom will continue to improve in the low-post after a successful freshman season in which she scored nine points per game.

Ricketts only played in three games this season as she struggled with injury issues. The freshman was slated as a probable starter coming into the year and will likely have a big impact on the team when she is able to get back to full health.