Despite recent offensive surge, Fennelly is looking for defense to allow “tough 2’s, not open 3’s or easy 1’s” vs. Sooners


The Iowa State women’s basketball team is averaging 74 points per game over its last four outings, winning three of them. The Cyclones had struggled at the offensive end in the prior three outings.

Although that improvement is noteworthy, Coach Bill Fennelly is looking at defense as being the key for this week’s game at Oklahoma.

The Sooners are balanced with every position capable of putting points on the board.

“The concept for us is tough 2’s, not open 3’s or easy 1’s,” Coach Bill Fennelly said. “When we can do that (defensively), we have the chance to be successful.”

Fennelly noted that you can’t really pinpoint a Sooner to stop because that weakens you against another solid scorer. OU’s Sherri Coales might be saying the same thing.

Five Cyclones are averaging better than 8.5 points per game (the Sooners have five scoring more than eight points per outing). Both teams have five players with at least 50 three-point attempts. The schools rank first (ISU) and third (OU) in league FT percentage.

There are lots of similarities between the teams. They rank second and third in Big 12 scoring margin. The Sooners have a little better offensive scoring average, but the Cyclones boast the conference’s second-best defense.

“We’re going to need to find a way to keep scoring against them and try to slow them down a little bit,” Fennelly summarized.

It’s a classic match-up between programs that are good and respect one another. FSN will have the game Thursday at 7 p.m.

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