58 points would be a positive indicator for Cyclones

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58.

That might be a good point total target for the Iowa State women’s basketball team Saturday when it opens NCAA Championship play against the nation’s best defensive team (Marist).

"For us, it will come down to scoring," Head Coach Bill Fennelly said before departing for Durham, N.C.

In games this season in which the Cyclones scored 58 points or more, they were 22-4. When ISU failed to reach that figure, the mark was 0-6.

"We always try to (push it offensively)," Fennelly said. "But, they might not let us. In the NCAA Tournament, it eventually becomes a half-court game. It will likely be a 50s, 60s kind of game (against Marist)."

Fennelly compared the Red Foxes to Kansas State. The Cyclones and Wildcats met three times during the season and ISU won twice, season scoring 61 and 58 points. K-State won a meeting in the Big 12 Tournament when ISU scored 53.

"They (Marist) are a bigger, better version of Kansas State," Fennelly said. "But, we’ve played against this style recently and that makes it a bit easier to prepare for."

Scoring at least 58 points would be a positive indicator for ISU. Just to be safe, however, it would be more comforting if ISU can reach 63 points. They lost only once this season when that happened.

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