Summer Hoops Update

It’s been a busy summer for the Iowa State women’s basketball team. With so much to talk about now that we have entered the month of July, I thought we would do a summer hoops update to get you caught up.

Billy Fennelly attends prestigious Nike Villa 7 Consortium

Assistant coach Billy Fennelly was invited to attend Nike’s Villa 7 Coaches Symposium this summer. The goal of the symposium is to connect top assistants from across NCAA men’s and women’s basketball, who have hopes of becoming a head coach, with administrators.

This year was the 10th anniversary of Villa 7, which took place in the NCAA offices in Indianapolis, Indiana. A total of 30 women’s basketball assistants attended the invite-only event along with 50 men’s assistants and roughly 50 administrators.

“Yet again, Nike proved why they are the premier brand in all of sports,” Fennelly said. “The Villa 7 assistant coach symposium was a phenomenal experience, and I feel privileged to have been a part of it. The interaction between fellow peers and administrators is truly one of a kind. I am honored to be invited and have the opportunity to represent Iowa State and continue to make the Cyclones the best we possibly can.”

Jadda Buckley and Claire Ricketts receive medical redshirts for 2014-15

Jadda Buckley and Claire Ricketts were granted medical redshirts for the 2014-15 season.

Ricketts fractured her wrist in the Cyclones season-opener against USC Upstate, which sidelined her for the season. Buckley on the other hand, suffered a stress injury in her right foot which plagued her throughout the non-conference season. Buckley competed in nine games for the Cyclones last season before pursuing a medical redshirt due to the lingering injury. Buckley’s injury forced her to play limited minutes in most contests she appeared in.

Buckley will enter the 2015-16 season as a redshirt sophomore, while Ricketts will be a redshirt freshman.

Carleton to serve as torchbearer for Pan Am Games

 Incoming freshman Bridget Carleton was selected to represent Canada Basketball and serve as a torchbearer in the Pan Am Games Torch Relay on Thursday afternoon.

Carleton will carry the torch for about 200 meters in Toronto for the torch relay, which has spanned the entire country as a part of a 41-day relay.

For more information on the torchbearers click on this link. Also, stay tuned to our Twitter account for updates.

TeeTee Starks and Meredith Burkhall move to Ames

Freshmen TeeTee Starks and Meredith Burkhall have officially moved to Ames and enrolled in classes. Carleton, the third member of the 2015 class, will join the Cyclones in August after fulfilling her Canada Basketball commitments. The 2015 recruiting class was ranked in the top-15 in the nation, which is the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history.

Iowa State ranked among the nation’s best in attendance once again

Hilton Coliseum proved once again to be one of the top venues in the country when it comes to college basketball. The Cyclones were one of just eight schools in the country with men’s and women’s basketball programs ranked in the top-20 in attendance. Iowa State women’s basketball checked in at No. 4 in the nation, while the men’s team came in at No. 20.

ICYMI: Check out this article on Seanna Johnson and her new found motivation for next season.

Also, earlier this summer I chatted with Lisa Kreiner about her life after Iowa State basketball:

Be sure to follow Iowa State women’s basketball on Twitter (@CycloneWBB) for the latest news on the team.

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 You can also find me on twitter @NicoleGreiner. And as always, Go Cyclones!
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