Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball
|Iowa State Cyclones|
|University||Iowa State University|
|Head coach||Bill Fennelly (20th year)|
Hilton Coliseum |
Cardinal and Gold|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round|
|1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances|
|1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
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.
Iowa State played three games in an annual tournament against Big Eight Conference schools (1977–1982). These games would eventually be expanded to a full regular conference season within the Big Eight (1983).
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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).
|2||Big 12 Conference Tournament Championships||2000, 2001|
|1||Big 12 Conference Regular Season Title||2000|
Conference Tournament seeds
Big 12 Conference
NCAA Tournament history
|Round||Opponent||Score||Margin||ISU Seed||Opp Seed||ISU AP||Opp AP|
|1997 West Region|
|1998 Mideast Region|
|1999 Mideast Region|
|2000 Midwest Region|
|Sweet 16||Penn St||65–66||−1||3||2||10||NR|
|2001 Mideast Region|
|2002 Midwest Region|
|2005 Kansas City Region|
|2007 Dallas Region|
|2008 Greensboro Region|
|2009 Berkeley Region|
|1st||E. Tennessee St||85–53||+32||4||13||17||NR|
|Sweet 16||Michigan St||69–68||+1||4||9||17||NR|
|2010 Dayton Region|
|2011 Philadelphia Region|
|2012 Kingston Region|
|2013 Spokane Region|
|2014 Stanford Region|
|2015 Lexington Region|
|NCAA Tournament Record: 17–16|
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.
|Season||Coach||Avg Attendance||Home Games||National Rank|
Head coaching records
|Iowa State (no conference games) (1973–1976)|
|Iowa State (Big Eight Conference – round-robin tournament only) (1976–1982)|
|Iowa State (Big Eight Conference) (1982–1996)|
|Debbie Oing:||31–80||3–23 (2 seasons)|
|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|
|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|
Postseason invitational champion
- Tonya Burns #42 Played from 1981–1985
- Jayme Olson #53 Played from 1994–1998
- Megan Taylor #51 Played from 1997–2001
- 2008–09 Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball team
- 2009–10 Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball team
- 2011-12 Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball team
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