Hoops Update (11-10-16)

Let The Games Begin!

We are set to begin the 2016-17 season on Friday, November 11. Check out the women’s hoops update below to get informed about the upcoming season.

Cyclones Add Two For 2017-18

The Iowa State women’s basketball team welcomed two to the family on Wednesday as guard Rae Johnson and center Kristin Scott signed on to play for the Cyclones beginning in the 2017-18 season. The duo both hail from Minnesota and are the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked prospects in the state. Both also rank in the top-100 nationally by ProspectsNation.com.

Check out what head coach Bill Fennelly had to say about Iowa State’s newest additions:

Check out the full release on Scott and Johnson’s signings:


Johnson Set To Begin Senior Season

Seanna Johnson

It’s hard to believe that standout Seanna Johnson is already a senior, but Johnson enters her final season with the Cyclones with the chance to further cement her place in the record books. Check out where she stands:

Career Points List

17th      Nicky Wieben                     1,248

18th      Jolene Leseman                 1,201

20th      Anna Prins/Anne O’Neil 1,186

21st       Colleen Peterson                 1,158

22nd    Seanna Johnson           1,156


Career Rebounding List

4th         Tonya Burns                       821

5th         Jayme Olson                       872

6th         Tracy Gahan                       823

7th         Janel Grimm                       813

8th      Seanna Johnson             797


 Career Rebounding Average

1st          Stephannie Smith             10.0

2nd        Angie Welle                         9.2

3rd       Seanna Johnson             8.9


In Friday’s season opener be sure to watch for a few milestones as Johnson is just three rebounds away from 800, which would make her the fastest Cyclone to 800. Angie Welle, who is ISU’s leading rebounder, accomplished the feat in 95 career games.

Johnson is also just three points away from passing Colleen Peterson for 21st in school history in career scoring (1,156).

Buckley Back at Point for the Cyclones

Jadda Buckley

Redshirt junior Jadda Buckley returns as the point guard for the Cyclones for 2016-17. Buckley enters the season as the top returning point guard in the Big 12 with 301 career assists. Her 301 career assists also places her 33rd in the nation for active career leaders and 10th among “power-5” schools.

In the ISU record books, she is just 37 dimes shy of passing Cyclone great and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Megan Taylor, who sits at 10th all-time in ISU history with 337 career assists.

Career Assist list

7th         Tracy Gahan/Tracy Horvath    415

8th         Heather Ezell                               414

9th         Tracy Eckert                                390

10th      Megan Taylor                               337

Jadda Buckley                                     301


There will be a lot going on at Friday’s season opener, which is set for Noon on November 11 against UCSB. First, Hilton Coliseum will play host to over 3,000 students from across the Ames and Des Moines area who will come to cheer on the Cyclones as a part of Field Trip Day. Prior to the game, the students will take in an anti-bullying presentation as an educational component for their field trip. Head women’s volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch, volleyball student-athlete Suzanne Horner and head women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly will serve as speakers for the anti-bullying presentation prior to the game.

November 11 is also Veteran’s Day and Iowa State has scheduled the Air Force Drill Team as a halftime act. Admission is free for all veterans.

Other Cyclone Notables:

  • Freshmen Nia Washington, Sofija Živaljevic’ and Adriana Camber are set to make their official debut against the Gauchos. Camber will don a Cyclone uniform for the first time as she did not dress for the exhibition game.
  • Johnson earned preseason recognition from the Big 12 coaches, as she was named the Preseason All-Big 12 team.
  • Iowa State begins the 2016-17 season with the Big 12’s top returners in points, rebounds and assists as Johnson ranked second last season in both points (17.0) and rebounds (9.4), while Buckley averaged 6.0 assists.
  • Iowa State is also the only Big 12 school returning three student-athletes who averaged over 10.0 points per game last season (Johnson-17.0, Carleton- 12.0, Buckley-11.4).

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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