Cyclones successfully counter Jayhawks’ defensive scheme

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The Kansas women’s basketball team wanted to take away Iowa State’s 3-point shooting prowess Saturday.

 “Kansas has always been a team that works hard to keep us from shooting the 3,” Coach Bill Fennelly said after his team won its 20th game of the season, 9th in Big 12 play and 4th on the road in conference play. “We thought we could beat them off the bounce and I thought Jadda (Buckley), Nikki (Moody) and Seanna (Johnson) did a great job of that.”

 The Cyclones made 57% of their shots (37 of them the 2-point variety) and 17-of-18 free throws to defeat the Jayhawks.

 Iowa State has averaged nearly 23 shots from 3-point distance in the last 4 seasons against all competition. That is what they do.

 Against KU in that same timeframe, the Cyclones have attempted just 16.3 shots from 3. The Jayhawks’ strategy isn’t hard to decipher.

 What also isn’t hard to decipher is that Fennelly and his staff countered that action to make 31-55 overall shots in Lawrence Saturday. The Cyclones made 62% of their attempts inside the arc.

 “Offensively, we were really good,” Fennelly admitted.

 The counter punching that Fennelly orchestrated at Kansas got the Cyclones a big win and cements them as the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament.