Cyclone women’s hoops team is traveling 1,400-plus miles to the “Gonzaga Invitational”


The Iowa State women’s basketball team didn’t have to wait very long to learn of their post-season opportunity. The Cyclones were the fifth team unveiled in the bracket, slotted as a five seed.

“It happened really quickly and (we) didn’t get the chance to get ready,” Coach Bill Fennelly said.

The early selection gave the team a few more minutes of preparation time and it may come in handy since ISU will be making a 1,466-mile journey to Spokane, Wash., to face Gonzaga.

“Yea, it’s a road game all right,” Fennelly said. “But, we’ve played a lot of tough road games and that’s what this tournament is all about. At 15 of the 16 sites, someone is playing at home and that’s good for the event.”

Gonzaga, which has won 15 consecutive games entering the tournament, had a better record on the road and in neutral games (14-2) than they did at home (15-3) this season.

The Zags are one of two schools (Iowa is the other) in the field to host a first-round match-up as a higher seed. To be fair, the Cyclones got that benefit a season ago.

It’s Fennelly’s 14th NCAA Tournament team and his seventh in a row. But, it never gets old.

“Selection Monday is on my practice card every day,” Fennelly said. “I think about it non-stop.”

Now, that they’re in the focus shifts.

“We’re going to the Gonzaga Invitational,” Fennelly said. “This is what it’s all about.”

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