So the Iowa State men's and women's teams both avenged losses from earlier this season to win Wednesday night. Here are some tidbits I found interesting from each game.
On the men's side, the Cyclones are working hard to dispel the notion they live and die by the three. The Cyclones dominated the paint, outscoring West Virginia 46-24. overall, i-s-u shot 51%. Of course, the three-point shooting wasn't bad by any means, going 9-20 from beyond the arc.
Another interesting note comes on the rebounding end. The Cyclones won that battle 46-38. That's rare in Big 12 play.
If you want to talk about astounding numbers, check out freshman guard Monte Morris. He had 12 assists against the Mountaineers, setting a freshman record. His overall numbers hardly look freshman-like, though. The mMchigan native has 101 assists and just 17 turnovers. All season. That's amazing.
Shoutout to guard Naz Long. He mad five huge threes for the Cyclones.
On the women's side, the Cyclones' win at Oklahoma State may have guaranteed them a berth in the NCAA tournament. an ISU win at Kansas State (a very winnable game) will clinch a .500 season in the Big 12 and make it impossible to shut them out of the big dance.
ISU shot 52% against the Cowgirls and dropped 15 three pointers. Bill Fennelly has been waiting for that kind of offensive output for a long time. Brynn Williamson and Jadda Buckley each dropped five triples.
And how about getting to the free throw line 36 times. That's a sign the Cyclones are being more aggressive. That needs to continue.
The ISU defense wasn't bad either, especially at the arc, holding OSU to just a pair of treys.
So it was certainly a good night to be a Cyclones fan Wednesday. I expect to see a lot of smiles in Ames the next couple days.
A little bit about me....
I've been Sports Director at News/Talk 1430 KASI since December 2005. I graduated from Iowa State just a few months before that. My career has also taken me to such exotic locals as Estherville, and Storm Lake, Iowa, Owatonna, Minnesota, and Silver City, New Mexico (long story-don't ask). I've also had the pleasure of working part-time at WOI Radio in Ames and WHO Radio in Des Moines while I was a student.
I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.