Iowa State women’s basketball has made post-season play 17 times with Bill Fennelly as the coach. That remarkable run has been rooted in doing things the “Iowa State Way”.
On the court, the Iowa State Way includes shooting and making three pointers.
All but one (1997) of Fennelly’s tourney teams attempted at least 600 three-pointers for the season.
His five most accomplished teams (Elite Eights in 1999 and 2009 and Sweet 16s in 2000, 2001 and 2010) combined to make 38% from long range. His other 12 post-season squads connected on less than 35% from the three-point arc.
That’s the backdrop for what Fennelly shared at media day leading into his 20th season at ISU.
“We shoot a lot of 3’s,” Fennelly suggested. “We’ve got a lot of shooters on this this team. We need more makers. Our three-point percentage has got to go up. We made a lot of them (last year), but we shot a lot of them.”
The Cyclones have made 32.6% of their three-point shots in the last three years combined. That number has to climb according to the coach.
“We might have the least amount of experience and productivity in the post (than anyone),” Fennelly said. “(But), our guards should be pretty good.”
Fennelly welcomes back three guards with double figure scoring averages (Nikki Moody, Jadda Buckley and Seanna Johnson) from last year. He’s never had that luxury previously.
Good guard play for Fennelly normally translates to good distance shooting. His sparkling resume is built on that reputation.