Cyclones head to unique hoops environment


There were likely a few Cyclone women’s basketball players sitting on the edge of their seats Monday night. Team-by-team, 60 schools were unveiled as part of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship bracket before ISU got its confirmation.

Head Coach Bill Fennelly admitted excitement during the process, but never worry.

"Deep down there was no (doubt)," Fennelly said. "(And), it never gets old seeing Iowa State’s name come up."

The Cyclones will play in Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke.

"We’re going to a place where basketball is special," he said. "It’s a unique environment and will be fun for the kids. (Duke) is a place that they’ll tell their grandkids about (in the future)."

Beyond pride for his team, Fennelly was equally impressed by the selection of three state teams to the field.

"I think it’s amazing (bids for Iowa State, UNI and Iowa) and it’s happened two years in a row," Fennelly said. "It’s not just three teams but it’s three teams representing three conferences."

Fennelly said that the trio of bids to state schools speaks a lot about the universities and their commitment to his sport, the players and the coaches.

"It’s a real cool thing," Fennelly concluded. "This is the ultimate reward for a lot of people who have worked very hard."

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