Iowa State hoping for revival in 2012-13

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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Senior center Anna Prins saw her numbers dip a year ago, but Fennelly said Wednesday during the team's annual media day that Prins is as healthy as she's ever been to start a season.

The Cyclones also bring in one of the nation's top frontcourt recruits in Madison Baier, a native of Tama, Iowa who could push for playing time as soon as this season.

Iowa State's backcourt isn't in bad shape either, though it'll rely largely on underclassmen.

The Cyclones lost starting guards Lauren Mansfield and Chassidy Cole, but that should open up more opportunities for sophomores Nikki Moody and Brynn Williamson.

Moody was third on the team with 10 points a game as a freshman and led the Cyclones in assists with 4.3 per night. Williamson will likely transition from bench sparkplug to starting shooting guard and be counted on from behind the 3-point line.

Freshmen Emiah Bingley and Nicole Blaskowsky will also be thrust into duty off the bench.

"We have some great post players, but our guards are very young," Fennelly said. "Hopefully they'll be able to contribute right away."

Iowa State has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the last six seasons and shouldn't have too much trouble making it seven in a row come March. But the Cyclones want desperately to get over the hump of two straight first-round exits and reach the regional semifinals, which it did in 2009 and 2010.

"We definitely have a lot of potential," Poppens said. "I truly believe we can make it to the NCAAs and go further than the first round."

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