|Sophomore guard Bria Holmes is WVU's scoring leader with 13.8 points per game, heading into Wednesday's matchup with Iowa State.
|Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 23 Iowa State Cyclones will tip off with the No. 20 West Virginia women’s basketball team at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers are currently 17-3 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play and look to bounce back from a 66-63 road loss at Texas last week.
The Cyclones are currently 15-4 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 play, with conference wins over TCU, Oklahoma in overtime, and Texas Tech, twice, most recently in overtime. ISU has league losses to Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Kansas State and Oklahoma. All four of the Cyclones’ losses came in a row, and ISU’s 85-76 overtime win against Texas Tech ended its four-game slump on Jan. 25.
Four players average scoring numbers in double figures with Hallie Christofferson averaging 19.7 points per game and 16.9 points per Big 12 outing as the Cyclones’ leading scorer. Christofferson also leads ISU in rebounding in league play with 8.0 boards per game, but Seanna Johnson has led all season with 8.1 rebounds in all games. Nikki Moody averages 13.1 points, Jadda Buckley averages 11.0 and Johnson adds 10.1 points per game.
As a team, Iowa State leads the league, averaging 9.2 threes per game and 8.0 threes per Big 12 outing, with at least six players having at least 10 threes this season. Nicole Blaskowsky leads Iowa State with 42 threes made this season, while Brynn Williamson adds 39. Buckley is the most accurate 3-point shooter for ISU, making 50 percent (27-54), and also the most accurate free throw shooter in the Big 12, making 90.1 percent (64-71).
Iowa State shoots 81.9 percent (149-182) from the free throw line in Big 12 play as the league’s highest percentage. In Big 12 only games, Buckley leads the league from the free throw line (93.1%), while Christofferson and Williamson make up the second- and third-highest free throw percentages with 93 percent (40-43) and 92 percent (23-25), respectively.
WVU leads 3-1 in the all-time series, dating back to November 27, 2010. Earlier this season, on Jan. 15, WVU defeated then-No. 13/11 Iowa State, 73-59, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Last season, WVU and ISU split the series at 1-1, each taking a win on the road.
Fans can listen to the game live with Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com, with Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger on the call. In Morgantown the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300. A free live videostream can also be found online at WVUsports.com.