Horns will face ISU Sunday after losing Nneka, who had led the team in ppg, rpg, blocks, FGs made, and FTs taken and made. Nneka, averaging a double double, will miss the rest of the season after an ACL injury suffered in the Baylor game. Texas (14-3; 3-3) will face ISU ( ), who pinned the first loss of the season on Texas. Texas has an overall 11-16 record vs ISU and 9-13 in the Big 12. ISU has won the last two games, both in Ames. Texas is 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the road in Big 12 games. ISU is 4-2 in the Big 12. They 3-0 at Ames and 1-2 on the road. Cyclones have three players averaging double figures in Big 12 play: Brynn Williamson (# 22, 5-11 Sr. G/F)at 13.7 ppg, Nicole (Kidd” Blaskosky (# 15, 5-7 Jr. G) averaging 12.0 ppg and Nikki Moody (# 4, 5-8 Sr. G) at 11.5 ppg. Three others are just off double figures: Seanna Johnson (# 12, 5-10 Soph. G),9.3 ppg and Bryanna Fernstrom (# 44, 6-5 Fr. C), 8.2 ppg. Jada Buckley (# 11, 5-8 Soph. G), who averages 8.5 ppg, has not played the past four games due to stress injury. She had previously missed three games with the injury. Moody is their leader in FGs made and attempted (26-65, 40.0%). Moody, Williamson (21-56, 37.5%), Blaskowsky (23-52, 44.2%), Johnson (18-46, 39.1%) and Fernstrom (17-45, 37.8%) are all averaging at least 7.5 shots a game. Fallon Ellis (# 32, 5-11 G/F)is the most accurate Cyclone at 50.0% (10-20). Madison Baier (# 34, 6-4 Jr. F/C) has hit 2-4 to also have a shooting percentage of 50.0%. ISU leads the conference in 3ptes made per game at 10.2 treys a game. They have taken 170 3s, 48 more than TCU who is second with 122. TCU also is second in total 3s made at 41, 20 behind ISU’s league leading 61 treys made. Williamson (16-48, 33.3%) and Blaskowsky (21-45, 46.7%) are the main threats from BTA with Blaskowsky’s 46.7% from BTA third in the league. Ten of the players that have seen action in league games have taken at least one 3. ISU is tops in the Big 12 in FT% at 84.1%. Their 90 made FTs is second in total FTs made. Emily Durr (# 3, 6-0 Fr. G) has hit 6-6 FTs while Ellis is 7-7. Moody (8-13, 61.5%) and Fernstron (12-16, 75.0%) are the only players that have seen action in all six games that are not at least 83% from the FT line. Johnson is the leading rebounder at 9.8 rpg. She is just off averaging a double double in league play as she averages 9.3 ppg as well. Williamson is second with 6.3 rpg. Moody’s 6.2 assists per game top the Cyclones and ranks second in the league. Seven others average at least one apg. ISU’s 19 steals total are last in the league. Johnson is the leader with six steals. Fernstrom has six blocks and Williamson four to top the Cyclones in that category. Williamson, Johnson, and Blaskowsky have started all six league games. Moody and Fernstrom each has five starts in their six games. Ellis has one start in six games while Nakiah Bell (# 2, 5-5 Fr. G) has one start in the five games she has played in. Durr, who has played in all six games, and Baier, who has seen action in five league games, join with the others to make up ISU’s base nine player rotation. Missing since game three is Buckley (played in first two games), Claire Ricketts (# 30, 6-3 Fr. F) and Blaire Thomas (# 42, 5-11 Fr. G). Ricketts and Thomas have yet to see action in any Big 12 games. Balskowsky (33.5 mpg), Williamson (32.7 mpg) and Johnson (31.3 mpg) are the iron women for the Cyclones. Moody and Fernstrom average 20 plus minutes per game while Durr and Ellis are in the teens. With the Horns having lost Nneka, their leader in ppg, rpg and blocks, Brady is now the leading scorer at 8.8 ppg. Brooks is second at 7.2 ppg. Nekia is the leader in FG% at 59.3% (16-27) while Imani is also at 50.0% (11-22). Brady is the leader in FGs made and attempted (18-55, 32.7%). Empress (17-54, 31.5%) and Kelsey (17-44, 38.6%) are second in FGs made. Brady (7-23, 30.4%), Brooke (5-19, 26.3%) and Krystle (2-14, 14.3%) are the most likely to take a shot from BTA. Nekia and Celina have the highest 3pt% at 50.0% but have only taken six 3s each. Brooke is the tops in FTs made with 12. She is tied with Brady with each having 14 FTs attempted. Imani at 90.9% (10-11) has the best FT%. Brady is hitting 71.4% while Brooke is at 85.7%.Kelsey is the leading rebounder at 5.5 rpg. Empress (4.7 rpg) and Imani (4.2 rpg) rank second and third, respectively. Empress has the highest apg average at 3.0. Brady (1.7 apg) and Brooke (1.5 apg) and Krystle (1.5 apg) and Celina (1.3 apg) all average over one assist per game. Brady leads with 11 steals while Krystle is second with 9. Kelsey tops the charts with six blocks while Imani adds five. The loss of Nneka for the season leaves Empress and Kelsey as the only players to start every conference game. Five players have started a game in conference play. Eight players have played in all conference games. Brianna (3) and Ariel (2) have played in all games they have been available for. Tasia has played in five games. Nine are averaging double digit minutes per game with Brady’s 30.3 mpg topping the squad. Empress (26.5 mpg), Kelsey (26.5 mpg) and Brooke (23.0 mpg) are the others topping 20 mpg. Projected starters based on the last game: [pre] Texas ISU Imani (6-7 Jr. C) Ellis (5-11 Sr. G/F) Kelsey (6-5 Soph. C) Williamson (5-11 Sr. G/F) Brady (5-11 RS Jr. G) Johnson (5-10 Soph. G) Empress (5-7 Jr. G) Blaskowsky (5-7 Jr. G) Krystle (5-4 Sr. G) Moody (5-8 Sr. G) [/pre] For Texas, the defense will focus on the three point line. ISU takes more 3pters than they do shots inside the arc. Williamson and Blaskowsky will be the focus but pretty much every perimeter player will take the three. With Nneka out, I will guess that Imani takes over that starting spot rather than the Horns going small. At this time, it looks like the main post reserves will be Nekia and Sara. Sara may be the best rebounder of the group. There is no other Big 12 team that can match the height provided by Kelsey and Imani. Imani will need to stay out of foul trouble for the Horns not go small with Nekia or one of the guards (Brady, Ariel, Brianna) dropping to the four. The big question is who will pick up the rebounding and defense that Nneka provided? Nekia, Kelsey and Imani and the other posts will need to make up the average of eight shots a game that Nneka was taking. The plan for opponents will still be to pack it inside and force the Texas guards to hit from outside. Our guards will need to start hitting a better percentage of their shots as they are averaging 32.4% from inside the arc as a group and 25.4% from BTA. Brianna at 44.4% is the only one making over 34% of her shots inside the arc. Brady continues to be the main threat from BTA, hitting on 30.4% of her treys. Brooke’s 2-2 from BTA against Baylor pushed her 3pt % to 26.3%, making her the second Horn besides Brady to be making more than 18% from BTA among players who have attempted at least 10 treys. It will be important for Imani to stay out of foul trouble and stay on the court as long as possible. Well, according to the press release on Friday, it looks like Texas will be going small as Nekia, Ariel or Brianna will get the start in place of Nneka. We have seen that lineup before during games. Well, according to the press release on Friday, it looks like Texas will be going small as Nekia, Ariel or Brianna will get the start in place of Nneka. We have seen that lineup before during games. TEAM STATISTICS Texas (3-3) ISU (4-2) -------------------------------------------------------------- SCORING.................. 350 409 Points per game........ 58.3 68.2 Scoring margin......... +0.1 +1.9 FIELD GOALS-ATT.......... 129-357 129-332 Field goal pct.......... .361 .389 FG made per game. 21.5 21.5 FG att. per game… 59.5 55.32 POINT FG-ATT,,,,,,,,,,, 109-281 68-162 2-point FG pct………....388 .420 2-pt FG made per game.. 18.2 11.3 2-pt FG att. per game…. 46.8 27.0 3 POINT FG-ATT........... 20-76 61-170 3-point FG pct.......... .263 .359 3-pt FG made per game.. 3.3 10.2 3-pt FG att. per game….. 12.7 28.3 FREE THROWS-ATT.......... 72-105 90-107 Free throw pct.......... .686 .841 F-Throws made per game. 12.0 15.0 FTs attempted per game... 17.5 17.8 REBOUNDS................. 252 229 Rebounds per game...... 42.0 38.2 Rebounding margin...... +6.5 +0.7 ASSISTS.................. 76 104 Assists per game....... 12.7 17.3 TURNOVERS................ 92 87 Turnovers per game..... 15.3 14.5 Turnover margin........ -1.2 -4.5 Assist/turnover ratio.. 0.8 1.2 STEALS................... 47 19 Steals per game........ 7.8 3.2 BLOCKS................... 25 19 Blocks per game........ 4.2 3.2 Conf. Winning Streak.......... -0- 2 Conf. Home win streak...... 3 3 Conf. Road win streak…… -0- 1 ATTENDANCE............... 9637 24984 Home games-Avg/Game.... 3-3212 3-8328 [pre] Ave. Score by Period: 1st 2nd OT Total ------------------ ---- ---- ---- ----- Texas............... 28.7 29.7 -0- 58.3 ISU....... 32.2 36.0 -0- 68.2 [/pre] Oddly enough, Texas and ISU have made the same number of FGs in six Big 12 games: 129. ISU is taking more 3pters than 2pters. They have made 61 treys and 68 2pters. That’s one way to balance your offense. ISU is hitting 35.9% of their 3s. Texas’ #1 defense against the 3 will be tested heavily in this game. While Texas has an edge in rebounding, this will be the first game without Nneka, who has led the Horns in rebounding practically the entire season up until her season ending ACL injury in the last game. Texas should still control the boards. The question is whether they will. ISU used FTs to win the game in Ames, making 8-16 while Texas was 2-4. Both made 9 3s. Texas should get to the FT line a bit more in this game. From cyclones.com: Iowa State Travels To Austin To Face No. 8 Texas From texassports.com: No. 8/9 Women's Basketball preview: Iowa State From texassports.com: ISU game FAQs From the Ames Tribute: Women’s Basketball: Moody expected to face No. 8 Texas Game time is 3:30 CST. Fox Sports 1 will carry the game with radio being on KVET 1300 / Sirius 113 / XM 119. Lots of photo opportunities available early on the north side of the FEC with Bevo, Texas Cheer, Texas Pom, Smokey the Cannon, etc. Weather is projected to be very nice. Not to mention my old service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, will be doing their once a season Texas flag unfurling this game.