“I actually think this is a game (vs. Iowa) that Jadda (Buckley) needs” – Bill Fennelly said Monday.
Buckley scored a career-best 19 points and calmly ran the offense for large parts of the Cyclones’ convincing win over Iowa. Her point total was built on drives to the basket and converting 14-of-16 free throws. Through her first 8 games as a Cyclone, the Mason City native attempted slightly more than 2 free throws per game.
Fennelly’s early week comments about Buckley were spot on.
With Nikki Moody limited to 25 minutes because of fouls, Buckley had the ball in her hands a lot against Iowa. She committed one turnover in 38 minutes despite the glare of her first Iowa State vs. Iowa encounter.
“Maybe the brighter the light, the bigger the game will be good for her,” Fennelly said three days ago. “At least, that’s what we’re hoping for.”
And, what Fennelly hoped for from Buckley is what he got.
Fennelly said that the Iowa natives on his roster sometimes have the hardest time with the in-state game against the UI. In the next breath, however, Fennelly said that he and his staff needed to get the talented Buckley playing a bit better.
Buckley responded. Let’s hope it’s just a start.