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WBB | Opponent Preview: No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Who: Oklahoma Sooners (10-4, 1-0 Big 12) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (12-0, 1-0 Big 12)
When: 1 p.m. - Sunday, January 5th
Where: Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
TV: FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754)

Starters: (Points, Rebounds, Assists)
Sooners
G: #3 Aaryn Ellenberg (Sr.) 18.2 - 4.5 - 2.1
G: #10 Morgan Hook (Sr.) 10.7 - 3.5 - 6.1
G: #15 Gioya Carter (Fr.) 6.2 - 3.7 - 2.2
G: #24 Sharane Campbell (Jr.) 12.6 - 4.5 - 1.6
C: #4 Nicole Griffin (Sr.) 11.6 - 5.7 - 0.5
Longhorns
G: #12 Seanna Johnson (Fr.) 10.4 - 8.7 - 2.0
G: #4 Nikki Moody (Jr.) 11.6 - 3.7 - 5.8
G: #11 Jadda Buckley (Fr.) 10.0 - 1.9 - 2.4
F: #22 Brynn Williamson (Jr.) 10.2 - 5.0 - 1.6
F: #5 Hallie Christofferson (Sr.) 20.8 - 8.2 - 1.5

Stats (Nation Rank)
Offense
PPG: Okla. - 83.2 (19) ISU - 78.3 (31)
RPG: Okla. - 43.3 (68) ISU - 43.1 (98)
APG: Okla. - 16.4 (50) ISU - 16.1 (58)
FG%: Okla. - 46.5 (17) ISU - 44.3 (47)
3PT%: Okla. - 32.1 (127) ISU - 38.6 (19)
Defense (Big 12 rank)
Pts Allowed: Okla. - 64.6 (4) ISU - 56.2 (8)
RPG Allowed: Okla. - 36.4 (4) ISU - 32.1 (1)
APG Allowed: Okla. - 10.5 (3) ISU - 11.6 (7)
FG% Allowed: Okla. - 35.9 (7) ISU - 35.3 (5)
3PT% Allowed: Okla. - 27.3 (4) ISU - 30.9 (7)

The No. 22 Oklahoma Sooners host the No. 14 Iowa St. Cyclones in what is an early look at a potential Conference Finals match up in March. Oklahoma is on a two game winning streak and Iowa St. is undefeated at 12-0.

Oklahoma (10-4) is coming off a 68-38 win over the Texas Tech in Lubbock on Thursday. Senior Aaryn Ellenberg returned from a concussion with a 7-of-9 shooting performance for 17 points. Oklahoma's defense was phenomenal in the victory, holding the Red Raiders to 23 percent shooting overall, and especially the 16.7 percentage in the second half was instrumental in Oklahoma's huge lead getting bigger.

For Iowa State (12-0), they've matched the best start in school history. It's happened twice in school history, The 1995-96 and 2001-02 teams each started 12-0. Also, Iowa St. has made 10+ three-pointers in four consecutive games for the first time since March 14-28, 2009. So, that being said the Cyclones are at this point, one of the best teams in school history.

Iowa State is fresh off a 71-49 blowout win over TCU in their Big 12 opener. The Cyclones did the majority of their damage on the offensive end from beyond the three-point line. Iowa State made a season-high 15 threes in the game, while shooting at a 40 percent beyond from three-point range. Nikki Moody got the Cyclones long-range barrage started to open the game as she had Iowa State’s first nine points on 3-of-3 shooting beyond the arc.

They're led by senior Hallie Christofferson, the returning First team All-Big 12 player, is a dominating force in down low. She's to the point of where it's unstoppable. Over the last three years, her points per game have jumped up by five points every season. Her rebounding has skyrocketed to the top as well. She's just a handful for opposing teams.

While you're dealing with her on the block, you'll have to defend the sharp shooters that Iowa State brings along. Freshman Jadda Buckley leads the team with 51.5 percent shooting from behind the three-point line. Then, Nicole Blaskowsky comes off the bench and is hitting 45.7 percent of her three-pointers. Both players are ranked third and 18th nationally, respectively. Also, watch out for Lexi Albrecht off the bench. She's shooting almost 50 percent as well.

The Sooners hold a 19-5 lead against the Cyclones all-time in Lloyd Noble. Overall, the history between the two teams has been slightly competitive, Oklahoma holds the 32-22 lead. Yet, the Cyclones have really owned Oklahoma as of late. The games haven't been exactly close either. In their four game winning streak, Iowa State has won by 12.6 points per game.

A lot of this game will determine on how well Nicole Griffin can handle the post. Christofferson will present a big challenge for the senior, is she going to be up to the task and defend her well. A key to stopping Christofferson will be not to over help. Trust in the defense that Sherri Coale has set up for the Sooners, and Oklahoma may knock off a top 15 team.
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