Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball

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Iowa State Cyclones
2016–17 Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball team
Iowa State Cyclones logo.svg
University Iowa State University
Head coach Bill Fennelly (22nd season)
Conference Big 12
Location Ames, IA
Arena Hilton Coliseum
(Capacity: 14,356)
Nickname Cyclones
Colors Cardinal and Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1999, 2009
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010
NCAA Tournament second round
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
NCAA Tournament appearances
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
Conference tournament champions
2000, 2001
Conference regular season champions
2000

The Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball team represents Iowa State University (ISU) and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I. The team is coached by Bill Fennelly, he is in his 22nd year at Iowa State. The Cyclones play their home games at Hilton Coliseum on Iowa State's campus.

Overview[edit]

Iowa State University is known for having one of the best women's basketball programs in the nation. Since the founding of the Big 12 in 1996, ISU has had only one losing season, has won three conference titles (1 regular season, 2 tournament), and has the best conference tournament record in the Big 12. Iowa State has made it to and won the Big 12 tournament championship game more times than any team except Oklahoma. Bill Fennelly is the coach of the women's team and largely responsible for building the program. In games played since the Big 12 was founded in 1996, ISU has a winning record against every Big 12 school except Baylor.

On a national level, since 1996 the Cyclones have made the NCAA tournament eleven times, including advancing five times to the Sweet Sixteen and twice to the Elite Eight. Additionally, Iowa State has made the WNIT twice in that span. ISU was in the AP Top 25 poll for over four years and was in the Top 10 for 34 consecutive weeks starting in the 1999 season. ISU has been ranked in the top 10 for attendance for the past ten seasons, including a #3 ranking for the 2008–2009 season which led all Big 12 schools and #2 nationally for the 2012–2013 season.[2]

History[edit]

Gloria Crosby (1973–1974)[edit]

In 1973, Coach Gloria Crosby led the Iowa State Women's Basketball team through their first season as a Division I program. Prior to that, women were only able to play intramural basketball. The team, at that point known as the "Cagers", played their first game on January 12, 1974, losing to Northern Iowa by 73–38. Crosby and the Iowa State Women's Basketball team got their first win a week later over Wartburg, 51–38. Gloria Crosby coached just one season and finished her basketball coach career at ISU with an 8–8 record. She would become the head coach of the Iowa State Softball team.[3]

Lynn Wheeler (1974–1980)[edit]

Lynn Wheeler took over as head coach for ISU's second season of women's basketball (1974). Wheeler coached for six seasons and had winning records in three of those seasons. In Wheeler's second season, she led Iowa State to its first 20 win season. Lynn Wheeler resigned after finishing with 14 straight defeats, stating "I've taken this team as far as I can."[4]

Deb Oing (1980–1984)[edit]

In 1981, Deb Oing became Iowa State’s third coach. Over four seasons she coached ISU to a 31–80 record and was coach in 1984 for ISU's only winless conference season (0–14). She coached Iowa State to the program’s first official Big Eight conference win, an 80–76 decision over Oklahoma in Ames on November 27, 1982. In 1982, Oing served with Team USA as an assistant.[5]

Pam Wettig (1984–1992)[edit]

Pam Wettig became Iowa State's fourth head coach in 1985. Wettig coached for eight years and finished a 100–121 record. Wettig coached Iowa State to their first win in the Big Eight Conference tournament in 1990 (the Big Eight switched to a single-elimination event in 1983). Wettig was named Big Eight Coach of the Year for the 1985–1986 season.[6]

Theresa Becker (1992–1995)[edit]

Theresa Becker became Iowa State’s fifth coach (1993–1995), finishing a disappointing 18–63 over three seasons. Iowa State never finished better than a tie for 7th place in the Big Eight under Becker.[7]

Bill Fennelly (1995–Present)[edit]

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In 1995 (one year before inception of the Big 12), Iowa State hired former University of Toledo head women's basketball coach, Bill Fennelly. When Fennelly arrived, Iowa State hadn't had a winning season in seven years and only five winning seasons ever. In his first season, Fennelly led the Cyclones to a 17–10 record. That is nearly as many wins as Fennelly's predecessor, Theresa Becker, had in her career (18) at ISU in the three previous years.

Fennelly came to Iowa State after building a successful program at Toledo (.758 overall winning percentage, three NCAA and three WNIT appearances). In nineteen seasons at Iowa State (1995–2014), Fennelly has continued that success, compiling a record of 410–184 overall and 177–118 in conference play.

Under Fennelly, Iowa State advanced to its first NCAA appearance (1997), won its first NCAA game (1998), and hosted five consecutive NCAA first and second round games (1998–2002) when host sites were earned, not pre-determined. Fennelly was national runner-up for the Associated Press (AP) Coach of the Year and guided the Cyclones to their first national ranking, reaching #22 (both in 1998). Iowa State advanced to the Elite 8 in 1999 and again in 2009. The Cyclones have made it to the Sweet 16 five times (1999–2001, 2009, 2010). Stacy Frese became Iowa State’s first AP All-American (1999). Iowa State won the Big 12 regular season title (2000) and two Big 12 Conference tournament championships (2000–2001). Iowa State defeated its first #1 ranked team (Texas Tech, ESPN poll) and advanced to its first post-season Final Four in the WNIT (both 2004).

Championships[edit]

Titles Type Year
Conference Championships[8]
2 Big 12 Conference Tournament Championships 2000, 2001
1 Big 12 Conference Regular Season Title 2000
3 Total

Conference Tournament seeds[edit]

In their history of appearances in the Big Eight/Twelve Conference tournaments, they have been seeded in the top five spots 16 times, with the most common seed being 8th, which they have been placed eight times.[9]

Big Eight Conference[edit]

Years → 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Seeds→ 7 7 7 4 8 7 5 6 6 8 8 8 8 6

Big 12 Conference[edit]

Years → 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Seeds→ 6 2 2 1 3 6 8 9 5 9 5 8 3 2 5 4 2 5 5 8 5

NCAA Tournament history[edit]

ISU NCAA game against Georgia Tech in 2008

The Cyclones have a 17-17 record in the NCAA Tournament.

Year Round Opponent Result
1997 First Round Utah L 57-66
1998 First Round
Second Round
Kent State
Rutgers
W 79-76
L 61-62
1999 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Santa Clara
Oregon
Connecticut
Georgia
W 74-61
W 85-70
W 58-64
L 71-89
2000 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Saint Francis
Illinois
Penn State
W 92-63
W 79-68
L 65-66
2001 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Howard
Florida State
Vanderbilt
W 100-61
W 85-70
L 65-84
2002 First Round
Second Round
Temple
BYU
W 72-57
L 69-75
2005 First Round Utah L 73-61
2007 First Round
Second Round
Washington
Georgia
W 79-60
L 56-76
2008 First Round
Second Round
Georgia Tech
Rutgers
W 58-55
L 58-69
2009 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
East Tennessee State
Ball State
Michigan State
Stanford
W 85-53
W 71-57
W 69-68
L 53-74
2010 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Lehigh
Green Bay
Connecticut
W 79-42
W 60-56
L 36-74
2011 First Round Marist L 64-74
2012 First Round Wisconsin-Green Bay L 57-71
2013 First Round
Second Round
Gonzaga
Georgia
W 72-60
L 60-65
2014 First Round Florida State L 45-55
2015 First Round Dayton L 66-78
2017 First Round Syracuse L 65-85

Head coaching records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iowa State (no conference games) (1973–1976)
1973–1974 Gloria Crosby 8–8
Gloria Crosby: 8–8
1974–1975 Lynn Wheeler 12–9
1975–1976 Lynn Wheeler 20–8
Iowa State (Big Eight Conference – round-robin tournament only) (1976–1982)
1976–1977 Lynn Wheeler 19–11 1–2 6th
1977–1978 Lynn Wheeler 13–15 1–2 6th
1978–1979 Lynn Wheeler 10–19 1–2 7th
1979–1980 Lynn Wheeler 6–19 0–3 8th
Lynn Wheeler: 80–81
1980–1981 Debbie Oing 7–18 1–2 6th
1981–1982 Debbie Oing 11–20 1–2 4th
Iowa State (Big Eight Conference) (1982–1996)
1982–1983 Debbie Oing 9–18 3–9 7th
1983–1984 Debbie Oing 4–24 0–14 8th
Debbie Oing: 31–80 3–23 (2 seasons)
1984–1985 Pam Wettig 12–16 3–11 7th
1985–1986 Pam Wettig 19–9 8–6 T-4th
1986–1987 Pam Wettig 12–16 2–12 8th
1987–1988 Pam Wettig 13–14 5–9 7th
1988–1989 Pam Wettig 15–13 6–8 5th
1989–1990 Pam Wettig 14–15 3–11 6th
1990–1991 Pam Wettig 11–15 6–7 5th
1991–1992 Pam Wettig 4–23 2–12 T-7th
Pam Wettig: 100–121 35–76
1992–1993 Theresa Becker 2–25 1–13 T-7th
1993–1994 Theresa Becker 8–19 3–11 T-7th
1994–1995 Theresa Becker 8–19 1–13 8th
Theresa Becker: 18–63 5–37
1995–1996 Bill Fennelly 17–10 5–9 6th
Iowa State (Big 12 Conference) (1996–present)
1996–1997 Bill Fennelly 17–12 9–7 T-5th NCAA 1st Round
1997–1998 Bill Fennelly 25–8 12–4 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1998–1999 Bill Fennelly 25–8 12–4 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1999–2000 Bill Fennelly 27–6 13–3 T-1st NCAA Sweet 16
2000–2001 Bill Fennelly 27–6 12–4 3rd NCAA Sweet 16
2001–2002 Bill Fennelly 24–9 9–7 6th NCAA 2nd Round
2002–2003 Bill Fennelly 12–16 7–9 8th
2003–2004 Bill Fennelly 18–15 7–9 T-8th NIT Semifinal
2004–2005 Bill Fennelly 23–7 12–4 T-3rd NCAA 1st Round
2005–2006 Bill Fennelly 18–13 7–9 T-8th NIT 2nd Round
2006–2007 Bill Fennelly 26–9 10–6 T-4th NCAA 2nd Round
2007–2008 Bill Fennelly 21–13 7–9 T-7th NCAA 2nd Round
2008–2009 Bill Fennelly 27–9 11–5 T-3rd NCAA Elite Eight
2009–2010 Bill Fennelly 25–8 11–5 T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–2011 Bill Fennelly 22–11 9–7 5th NCAA 1st Round
2011–2012 Bill Fennelly 18–13 9–9 T-4th NCAA 1st Round
2012–2013 Bill Fennelly 24–9 12–6 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2013–2014 Bill Fennelly 20–11 9–1 5th NCAA 1st Round
2014–2015 Bill Fennelly 18–13 9–9 5th NCAA 1st Round
2015–2016 Bill Fennelly 13–17 5–13
Bill Fennelly: 440–209 192–134
Total: 677–562

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Hilton Magic[edit]

The Cyclones play at Hilton Coliseum, on the campus of Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones’ yearly attendance average has grown from 733 fans per game the season before Coach Fennelly came to ISU to over 10,000 per contest in 2011–2012. ISU’s attendance has ranked among the top 11 schools nationally in each of the last 16 seasons, including ranking fourth for three straight years from 1999 to 2002 and fourth or higher for seven straight years from 2007 to 2014. Iowa State was ranked 2nd in attendance in 2013 and 2014. The Cyclones enjoyed their first-ever sellout crowd in a 2004 WNIT/NIT doubleheader against Saint Joseph's. In 2009, Iowa State had a higher total attendance with over 156,000 than 16 of the 31 Division I conferences.[10][11][12]

Attendance
Season Coach Avg. Attendance Home Games National Rank
1986–87 Pam Wettig 427 12
1987–88 Pam Wettig 944 10
1988–89 Pam Wettig 579 12
1989–90 Pam Wettig 635 10
1990–91 Pam Wettig 533 9
1991–92 Pam Wettig 423 11
1992–93 Theresa Becker 653 11
1993–94 Theresa Becker 725 13
1994–95 Theresa Becker 733 14
1995–96 Bill Fennelly 1,706 10
1996–97 Bill Fennelly 1,688 13
1997–98 Bill Fennelly 3,775 17
1998–99 Bill Fennelly 6,115 15 11
1999–00 Bill Fennelly 11,184 16 4
2000–01 Bill Fennelly 11,370 16 4
2001–02 Bill Fennelly 10,296 16 4
2002–03 Bill Fennelly 9,632 14 5
2003–04 Bill Fennelly 8,021 18 9
2004–05 Bill Fennelly 7,396 15 9
2005–06 Bill Fennelly 7,668 16 7
2006–07 Bill Fennelly 8,906 16 7
2007–08 Bill Fennelly 9,388 17 4
2008–09 Bill Fennelly 9,754 16 3
2009–10 Bill Fennelly 9,316 19 3
2010–11 Bill Fennelly 9,370 17 4
2011–12 Bill Fennelly 10,125 16 3
2012–13 Bill Fennelly 9,970 15 2
2013–14 Bill Fennelly 9,916 17 2
2014–15 Bill Fennelly 9,289 17 4
2015–16 Bill Fennelly 9,833 15 3

Retired jerseys[edit]

Retired Jerseys[edit]

Retired Jerseys
Year Retired Player Jersey Number
1985 Tonya Burns #42
2004 Jayme Olson #53
2005 Megan Taylor #51
2010 Angie Wellie #32

See also[edit]

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