Fennelly closing in on 12th NCAA Tournament bid

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Iowa State has qualified for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 11 of Bill Fennelly’s 15 years as head coach. In nearly 3/4 of the years, his Cyclones made the "Big Dance".

Texas – with a dozen appearances during that timeframe – is the only Big 12 school with more invites than the Cyclones.

"For me, it (trying to qualify for the NCAA Tournament field) is the most important thing we do," Fennelly said recently. "The selection Monday – March 14th – is written on my practice card every day."

That is Fennelly’s way of making certain his focus never varies from the goal.

"We understand the process and what we are trying to do," Fennelly said. "Our job (the next two weeks) is to go win games and play well."

One thing that Fennelly thinks might be a bit different this season is that his team can still get better.

"We’ve had teams (in the past) that couldn’t get much better," he said. "You just wanted to maintain and stay healthy. There’s another level for this team and I think that’s exciting this late in the season."

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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