Remember when Iowa State was good at women’s basketball and made a deep run into the tournament.
Below is a recap of our run, the video by Cyclones.tv will be featured later in the article.
4th seeded Iowa State had some luck going their way negotiating the Berkeley Regional. First, 12th seeded Ball State took down the worst Pat Summitt Volunteer team ever (the Cardinals would lose to ISU 57-71), then, the Spartans knocked off the 1 seed Duke 63-49 to set up an all time Cyclone classic in the Sweet Sixteen.
Iowa State had only made the Elite Eight once, in 1999 after knocking off UCONN, thanks to great play by the late Monica Huelman.
Anyways, 4th seeded Iowa State meets 9th seeded Michigan State in California for an 8pm tip.
Iowa State, as they tend to do when the spotlight shines hottest, is starting ice cold, going just 2/15 while the Spartans jumped out to a 15-4 lead. Nicky Wieben doesn’t score until the 39th minute.
In case you missed it, here is "Bill Fennelly Show Flashback" featuring Iowa State's come-from-behind win over Michigan State in the 2009 NCAA TournamentPosted by Iowa State Women's Basketball on Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Allison Lacey’s clutch 3 is what helped Iowa State have a win, and hopefully this is momentum going forward against #2 Stanford.
Enter, Stanford. . .
The Cardinal handed the Cyclones their first loss earlier in the season at Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic,
Appel was held to 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks in 18 minutes of play.
Jayne Appel would get her first basket at the 19:37 mark of the first half.
12 seconds later, Nicky Wieben would hit a three (assist to Heather Ezell) to give Iowa State their only lead from the 19:15 mark to the 18:24 mark of the opening stanza.
With 5:09 left in the first half, Amanda Nisleit connected on a 3 to bring Iowa State within 9 at 20-29, that was as close as it would be for the Cyclones.
At the half, the score would stand at 38-25 in favor of Stanford. Jayne Appel had 27 of the 38.
Amanda Nisleit would have her best performance in her last game ever as a Cyclone, scoring a team high 17, with 15 of those points coming from three point land.
That effort, matched in intensity by Heather Ezell who finished with 10 points and one three (287 all time, to tie with Megan Taylor for first), weren’t enough. Nicky Wieben also had ten.
Lorri Bauman of Drake University in a 1982 Tournament game against Maryland scored 50, which is still the all-time record for most points in an NCAAW Tourney game.
Jayne Appel and Allison Lacey would meet up at the 2010 WNBA Draft, with Appel going 5th overall to the Silver Stars and with Lacey going 10th overall to the Storm.