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ISU Women Win Home Challenge


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens notched her second-straight double-double (19 points/13 rebounds) and the Cyclones stifled Buffalo to just 14 second-half points en route to a 65-45 victory Friday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State improves to 9-2 on the year and the win clinched the Cyclone Challenge tournament title. ISU is now 31-0 in regular-season hosted tournaments under Bill Fennelly. The win was the 600th victory in Iowa State women’s basketball program history.

Poppens had another monster game, as the junior averaged 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in the two tournament games to earn Cyclone Challenge MVP honors. Poppens also recorded a career-high four steals.

Lauren Mansfield finished the game with 10 points and handed out a season-high nine assists.

Hallie Christofferson was also named to the all-tournament team. She had 10 points and six rebounds on the evening.

The Cyclones forced 21 turnovers and held the Bulls to 28.6 shooting (6-21 FG) in the second half.

Iowa State opens Big 12 play on Wednesday at Oklahoma with a 7 p.m. CST tip off.

Scare as camera falls at Insight Bowl, before Hawkeyes lose 31-14


December 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A camera hanging from a wire over Sun Devil Stadium fell onto the field at the Insight Bowl. The camera, which provides overhead shots for ESPN, fell Friday night when the wire it was attached to appeared to snap with 2:22 left in the game between Oklahoma and Iowa. The camera bounced off the field around the 20-yard line on the south end and narrowly missed Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt Junior, who got tangled in the wire after the camera hit the turf. McNutt wasn’t injured and the camera had to be dragged off the field, causing a delay of about 5 minutes. The 19th-ranked Sooners went on to beat the Hawkeyes 31-14.

Rutgers Beats Iowa State 27-13 in Pinstripe Bowl


December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Chas Dodd hit Brandon Coleman for an 86-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter and Jawan Jamison ran for two scores to lead Rutgers over Iowa State 27-13 in the Prinstripe Bowl on Friday. The Scarlet Knights (9-4) ran their bowl winning streak to five and improved to 2-0 this season at Yankee Stadium, where they beat Army last month. Rutgers, which played in one bowl game before 2005, is 5-1 in the postseason under coach Greg Schiano. The Cyclones (6-7) finished the season on a three-game losing streak, their last win coming on Nov. 18 in Ames, Iowa, when they pulled off the biggest upset of the season against Oklahoma State.

That night Jared Barnett threw for 376 yards. This game, Steele Jantz relieved Barnett in the second quarter and helped pull the Cyclones within 20-13 in the fourth on Jeff Woody’s 20-yard touchdown run with 10:00 left.

8AM Sportscast 12-30-2011

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December 30th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Iowa Junior College Forfeits Remaining 12 Games


December 30th, 2011 by Jim Field

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The Southeastern Community College men’s basketball team is forfeiting the season’s remaining 12 games because 10 players have been dismissed for violating college and athletic department rules.

The Hawk Eye of Burlington reports that two other players have been declared academically ineligible.

That left only two players from the 14-man roster.

The team had gone 13-3 so far this year.

Terry Carroll is the men’s coach and the school’s athletic director, and he says the players violated the school’s athletic code of conduct.

In a statement, Carroll says “these have been good kids who made some incredibly irresponsible and poor choices.”

Because of confidentiality and student privacy laws, the college would not disclose details.

College President Beverly Simone says she supports Carroll’s decisions.

Poppens Leads Cyclones Over New Hampshire


December 30th, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Chelsea Poppens recorded her fifth double-double of the season (14 points/16 rebounds) to help Iowa State cruise to a 71-57 win over New Hampshire Thursday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Poppens was one of four Cyclones in double figures, including 14 points from freshman Brynn Williamson, one shy from her career-best. Hallie Christofferson added 15 points and six boards, as the Cyclones improve to 8-2 on the year and advance to the finals of the Cyclone Challenge tomorrow night.

Iowa State wasted little time taking control, mounting an early 23-8 lead with 11:36 left before the break. Christofferson scored seven points in the first nine minutes to put the Cyclones on track.

Iowa State then suffered a drought to help the Wildcats creep back into the game. The Cyclones went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal, as UNH cut the lead to 29-25 with under 3:00 minutes until the break.

Amanda Zimmerman finally ended the Cyclone dry spell with a big 3-point basket. Lauren Mansfield followed with another trey to push the Cyclone lead back to double digits (35-25). Iowa State led at the break, 37-27, as Chelsea Poppens had seven points and 10 boards in the first half to pace the Cyclones.

The Cyclones moved out in front 56-40 with 10:49 left in the game thanks to a 7-0 run. Christofferson buried a three and Poppens muscled a shot in down low to help Iowa State expand its lead.

The lead never dipped below 14 points the rest of the way and the Cyclones were up by as many as 20 points.

Iowa State outrebounded UNH, 43-32 and hit nine 3-pointers in the contest. The Cyclones held the Wildcats to 34.4 percent shooting from the floor, the ninth time this season Iowa State held a team to below 40 percent from the field.

Iowa State will play host to Buffalo tomorrow night in the finals of the Cyclone Challenge at 7:30 p.m. Buffalo defeated NJIT, 66-53 in its first round game.

Illinois State holds off Northern Iowa 65-61


December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Jackie Carmichael had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Illinois State withstood Northern Iowa’s late 12-0 run and prevailed 65-61 in a Missouri Valley opener Thursday night. Jon Ekey also had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Redbirds (9-3), who won their fourth straight. Nic Moore added 13 points and Anthony Cousin 11. Anthony James led the Panthers (10-3) with 21 points but shot only 9 of 25. Chip Rank added 11 for Northern Iowa, which has lost two in a row. Carmichael and Ekey scored six points apiece as Illinois State opened the second half with a 12-2 run for a 40-30 edge with 14:35 to go. Moore’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 59-46 with 5:57 left.  Northern Iowa came back furiously, running off 12 straight points to get within 59-58 with 1:56 left. But Cousin hit six straight free throws to help seal it.

Sooners and Hawkeyes faces off in Insight Bowl


December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A season of expectations didn’t turn out quite the way Oklahoma planned. The Sooners opened the season No. 1 and had hopes of winning a second national title under coach Bob Stoops. Those aspirations fizzled with two losses in the final three games, dropping Oklahoma (9-3) into Friday night’s Insight Bowl against Iowa. Disappointed to miss out on a BCS bowl, the Sooners still would like to end the season strong in what could be the final game for quarterback Landry Jones, who’s weighing whether to leave for the NFL next season. Iowa (7-5) will be without leading rusher Marcus Coker due to a suspension but doesn’t figure to be a walkover after knocking off Missouri in last year’s Insight Bowl.

Pinstripe Bowl Preview Capsule


December 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

Iowa State (6-6) vs. Rutgers (8-4), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Rutgers by 2.

Series record: First meeting.


The Cyclones try to finish with a winning record, and the fourth bowl victory in program history. The first three have all come since 2000. Coach Paul Rhoads just signed a new 10-year contract extension and another victory would keep the mood positive heading into the offseason. Rutgers is trying to reach nine victories for the third time since coach Greg Schiano took over in 2001 and win its fifth straight bowl. The Scarlet Knights had made five straight postseason appearances before going 4-8 last year.


Rutgers defensive front seven vs. Iowa State’s offensive line. Scarlet Knights are quick and relatively light up front. Tackles Justin Francis and Scott Vallone are their biggest linemen at 275 pounds each. But Rutgers likes to blitz and ranked 17th in the nation in sacks (2.67 per game) and 16th in tackles for loss (7.25 per game). Anchored by All-Big 12 LT Kelechi Osemele, who checks in at 6-foot-6 and 347 pounds, the Cyclones’ line is one of the biggest Rutgers has faced this season.


Iowa State: QB Jared Barnett. The redshirt freshman took over as the starter midway through the season. He ran for 435 yards and passed for 1,178, and led the Cyclones on a three-game winning streak that included a 37-31 double-overtime upset of Oklahoma State. LB A.J. Klein was co-defensive player of the year in the Big 12.

Rutgers: QBs Chas Dodds and Gary Nova. The job has been shuffled between the junior Dodds and the freshman Nova all season and the starter for the Pinstripe Bowl will be a game-time decision. Despite inconsistent play from the quarterbacks, WR Mohamed Sanu set a Big East record with 109 catches.


Rutgers KR Jeremy Deering averages 31.2 yards per kickoff return, second-best in Big East history … Rhoads and Schiano are both former defensive coordinators, and they have matched wits before. Rhoads was defensive coordinators for eight seasons at Pittsburgh before returning to his home state to take over the Cyclones in 2009. … Iowa State ranks 117th in the nation in turnovers committed with 32. Rutgers ranks sixth in the country in takeaways with 31.

8AM Sportscast 12-29-2011

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December 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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