White & Mansfield impact wins last week, but each made just one basket

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Two of the more intriguing stat lines of the season were key in a pair of Iowa State basketball victories last weekend.

The ISU women’s team got revenge against Texas (71-56) at Hilton Coliseum and guard Lauren Mansfield had a major role. In a team-high 37 minutes, she made one basket.

“It helps when a player goes 1-10 (shooting) but really plays a big part in the success of the team,” Coach Bill Fennelly said of Mansfield’s 11 assists and one turnover vs. UT. “It was like Royce White the other night when he took one shot and played phenomenal.”

White took his only shot in the final minute but his seven assists (many leading to wide open three point conversions) were instrumental in the Cyclones’ road win at Oklahoma.

“He made such great decisions and converted simple basketball plays,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Royce will tell you he would rather get an assist than the basket. If you have a selfish superstar, those (sometimes) aren’t your best teams.”

Fennelly and Hoiberg appreciate the approach of Mansfield and White, who want to help teammates.

“So many young people are defined by how many points they score,” Fennelly said. “(As a coach I’m more interested) in how you find ways to impact the success of our team.”

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