What You Need To Know Before Sunday’s Opener

Kidd Blaskowsky

With the official start to the Iowa State women’s basketball season coming this Sunday, it’s time to do a quick catchup. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most important tidbits from the last few weeks and what you need to know before the season opener on Sunday.

Exhibition Games Come to a Close

In its two exhibition games, Iowa State averaged 81.5 points en route to two victories. With the wins, Iowa State extended its streak to 32-straight exhibition wins.

Every Cyclone recorded a bucket in the opener against William Penn, showcasing some added depth to the 2014-15 squad.

Here’s some quick cumulative stats after our two exhibition games:

Kidd Blaskowsky      14.0
Brynn Williamson    12.0
Jadda Buckley           10.5

Seanna Johnson        10.0
Bryanna Fernstrom   6.0
Brynn Williamson      6.0

Jadda Buckley            5.5
Nakiah Bell                 4.0
Seanna Johnson        2.5

3-point Barrage

If these first two exhibition games are any indicator on the season, get used to seeing a lot of shots from deep this season. Yes, I know that this has always been the case for Iowa State women’s basketball, but this year’s team is loaded with 3-point specialists. So loaded, I may have to come up with some new phrases for 3-point shots to keep things fresh. I’m also open to suggestions!

Junior Kidd Blaskowsky and senior Brynn Williamson knocked down 12 of the Cyclones’ 20 3-pointers, with Blaskowsky leading the way, shooting at a 53.3 percent clip. In total, eight different Cyclones connected on a shot from long range.

If you want more on our dominance from 3-point land over the years, check out this article where I broke down every school in D-I’s 3-point makes and attempts over the last 20 years. I’ll let you guess who came out on top.

Welcome to the Family!

This morning, Cyclone Nation welcomed three prep standouts to the program. The 2015 class is rated as the No. 15 class in the country by ProspectsNation.com, making it the highest-rated recruiting class in program history.


Iowa State traveled to the Great White North to snag its first commitment in Bridget Carleton. Carleton is a 6-1 guard from Chatham, Ontario, Canada and plays for the U18 Junior National team. Carleton was a captain for Canada’s U16 and U17 squads. She has also led her high school to a 27-2 record while averaging 26.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Carleton is listed as the top prospect out of Canada in the class of 2015. Fun Fact: She was a regional badminton champion in Ontario, Canada.

Iowa State didn’t have to travel far for its second signee, as Roosevelt H.S. senior Meredith Burkhall picked the Cyclones and is the lone forward in the 2015 class. The Urbandale, Iowa native is a 6-3 forward and is listed as the top 2015 prospect in the state of Iowa. Burkhall has started every game of her career with the Roosevelt Rough Riders and averaged 18.6 points and 9.6 boards her junior year. Fun Fact: She is a huge Law and Order SVU junkie, so much that she has seen every episode at least four times.

To round out the class, Iowa State snagged TeeTee Starks, a 5-10 guard from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Starks is rated as a top-40 prospect and the top prospect out of the state of Minnesota. Starks is a proven scorer and played on the same AAU team (North Tartan) as sophomore Seanna Johnson, who also hails from Brooklyn Park, Minn. Fun Fact: Starks is a graffiti artist in her spare time.

For more on our newcomers, check out our official announcement from earlier this afternoon.



Season Opener!

Now that we have our first snow dusting of the season, I guess we can officially ring in basketball season. Iowa State will officially kick off the season against USC Upstate on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.

Check out this infographic on Iowa State’s matchup against USC Upstate. We will provide an inCYd the matchup for each game this season.

inCYd the matchup


About Nicole Leusink

I'm in my fifth year at Iowa State as the communications director for women's basketball. I also assist with football and swimming and diving. I am a 2011 graduate of the University of Florida and a Pittsburgh native. I am excited to give you a behind the scenes look at Iowa State athletics. Feel free to send me an e-mail at ngreiner@iastate.edu. You can also find me on twitter @NicoleGreiner. And as always, Go Cyclones!
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