#11/11 Texas and #20/22 Iowa State will clash in Ames in a battle of undefeated Big 12 teams who are sitting at the top of the league. Both teams have the same season record (13-2) and Big 12 record (3-0) going into this game. ISU has a seven game winning streak while Texas will bring in a six game winning streak. ISU has a one game edge in the overall series (18-17) and in the Big 12 series (15-14). Horns have won six of the last seven games after suffering a three game losing streak. Horns won all three games last season: two regular season meetings and one conference tournament game. Iowa State Cyclones (13-2; 3-0) The Cyclones have four of the top 30 scorers in the league, including three of the top ten. Bridget Carleton (#21, 6-1 Sr. G) ranks tops in the league with an average of 27.7 ppg. Kristin Scott (#25, 6-3 Soph. C) and Ashley Joens (#24, 6-0 Fr. G) rank 8th and 10th, respectively, with averages of 16.0 and 14.3 ppg. Alexa Middleton (#33, 5-9, RS Sr. G) is tied for 28th with Joyner at 10.3 ppg. Carleton has almost doubled the number of shot attempts of the other two nearest shooters. She has taken 51 shots to Joens 28 and Middleton’s 27. Scott has an almost out of sight shooting percentage of 85.7% on 18 of 21 shots. That’s tops in the Big 12. Joens (16-28; 57.1%), Carleton (28-51; 54.9) and Meredith Burkhall (#32, 6-3 Sr. F; 8-16; 50%) are the other Cyclones that have taken at least double digit shots who are hitting at least 50% of their shots. Joens (10-18; 55.6%), Carleton (7-18; 38.0%) and Madison Wise (#1, 6-1 Soph. F) at 3-12 (25%) are the main 3pt shooters for ISU. Scott has the highest 3pt FG% at 85.7% on 6 of 7. The Cyclones have five players making at least 85% of their FTs even though two have only hit 3 and 2 FTs. Middleton has made 11 of 12 (91.7%) while Carleton has the most attempts (20-23) for 87%. Scott is consistent, having made 6 of 7 for 85.7%. They help put ISU at the top the league wiith a team FT% of 75.3%. Middleton and Carleton share the lead in assists per game with 6.3 apg each. That average also puts them at the top of the league as well as helping ISU lead in assists. Middleton (15 TOs) and Carleton (7 TOs) also account for just over half of ISU’s 42 TOs in league play. Scott leads the team in steals (5) and blocks (6). Carleton and Rai Johnson (#4, 5-7 Soph. G) each has four steals. Inès Nezerwa (#15, 6-3 Sr. F) has totaled four blocks while Wise has swatted away three. Carleton, Joens, Middleton, Wise and Burkhall have started all 15 season games, including ISU’s first three league games. Carleton rarely comes off the court, averaging 36 mpg in league play. Wise is just behind that averaging 33 mpg. Joens (28.3 mpg) and Middleton (26.3 mpg) and Scott (20.7 mpg) are also putting in a bit of time on the court. Nezerwa, Johnson and Adriana Camber (#13, 5-10 Jr. F) all are in the teens while starter Burkhall averages 9.3 mpg. Nine of the twelve active players have played in all three league games while two have seen action in two games and one has played in one game. Texas Longhorns (13-2; 3-0) Horns have four players in double digits in conference play: Sug (13.3 ppg), Danni (11.0 ppg), Destiny (11.0 ppg) and Joyner (10.3 ppg). Those four, along with Jatarie,average between 7.7 and 10.7 FG attempts per game. Audrey, at 75% (6-8) has the best FT%. Sug is second at 61.5% on 16 of 26 shots. Charli (44.4%), Olamide (43.8%) and Jatarie (43.5%) are the only others making at least 40% of their shots. Danni (8-17; 47.1%) and Destiny (5-13; 38.5%) both rank among the top 15 in the league in 3pt % and number of 3pters made per game. They, along with Sug (2-3; 66.7%) and Audrey (1-2; 50%), help Texas rank 3rd in the conference in 3pt%. Horns are at a poor 60.3% from the FT line as a team. That average is fueled by two of our top three FT shooters making less than 55% of their FT attempts. Joyner (8-17; 47.1%), Destiny (10-13; 76.9%) and Sug (6-11; 54.5%) have been the most proficient at getting to the FT line in league games. Joyner is creeping close to a double double average in league play as she is grabbing 9.3 rebounds per game to go with her 10.3 ppg. Jatarie is second at 6.3 rpg while Olamide adds 5.7 rpg and Charli pitches in with 5.5 rpg. Sug has 15 assists. Her 5.0 apg is good enough to tie for fourth in the Big 12. Joyner has five assists while Danni has distributed four. Every active player has at least one assist through three games. Joyner (15), Sug (10) and Jatarie (9) are the TO leaders. Charli’s two blocks lead the team while Jatarie has the only other block in league play. Seven of the ten players have at least one steal with Joyner (7) and Jada (6) at the top of the group. The Horns have used the same starting lineup for all three league games: Sug, Destiny, Danni, Olamide and Joyner. Texas relies heavily on their starting backcourt who average 32, 30 and 35 minutes per game. Joyner, at 24.3 mpg, is the only player averaging in the twenty mpg range. The rest, with the exception of Joanne, average between 11.5 (Charli) and 19.3 (Jada). LINEUPS Projected lineups are based on the previous game’s starting lineups. This is going to be tough for Texas. Burkhall’s sub, Scott, has taken seven shots in league play, all three’s. She has hit six. Joyner is likely to be the one guarding her when they are on the floor together. Can’t let Scott open BTA. The Cyclones’ backcourt, especially Carleton and Joens, will have a height advantage. Carleton is one of the best players in the nation who does a lot of things well. ISU should have problems guarding the Texas posts, especially Joyner. The one thing Joyner can’t do is settle for 3pters. She will need to exert her dominance inside. This seems like the type of game where Charli could be effective as well. Joyner, Charli, Jatarie and Olamide should be able to give ISU fits inside. How well each team guards the other from BTA will be key. Especially Texas who will be facing the league’s top 3pt shooting team, both from 3pt percentage and total number of three’s made per game. Of course, if Danni and Destiny are hitting their shots, they will be able to match anything ISU can put up from BTA. STATS COMPARISON—Big 12 stats only. Both teams run. But ISU does a bit better job of it than Texas. Texas does better at defending than ISU. Neither has been a slouch in league play. Texas usually gets separation in the second and third quarters while ISU’s big quarter is the second with good separation also in the third and fourth quarters. ISU won’t have to rely on the Hilton Magic on this night. Both teams primarily use nine players. ISU has more bench players available although they don’t always get in the game. Fatigue should not be an issue for either team. Game is Saturday at 4 PM. Unfortunately, it seems that the game will only on the Cyclones.tv, a pay site. https://cyclones.com/watch/purchase.aspx#register is where you can purchase a 24 hour pass for $6.95. This is does not automatically renew. One can listen on 105.3 FM.