ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Iowa State women's basketball team will take their second shot at a Big Ten Conference foe when the Cyclones visit Crisler Arena today to take on Michigan in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge.
The Cyclones (4-1) were defeated by No. 17 Penn State, 66-59, during the Nugget Challenge in Reno, Nev. ISU responded by beating Butler, led in the tournament by Chelsea Poppens. The Aplington native averaged 17 points and 14.5 rebounds per game out west, and has three double-doubles in five games this season.
Freshman guard Nikki Moody averaged 11 points, 3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in being named the Big 12's Freshman of the Week.
Michigan (7-1) will try to rebound from its first loss, a nine-point loss at No. 6 Maryland (8-0) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Wolverines received votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25.
Iowa State is 3-0 all-time against Michigan.
"They played Penn State to a seven-point game and Penn State's a lot like Maryland, they're both real physical teams," said Michigan head coach Kevin Borseth. "(Iowa State's) very play dominated, they run a lot of sets, they shoot it pretty well and they play very good defense."
Iowa State (4-1) at Michigan (7-1)
Today, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Iowa State follows up with its last five December games at home, starting with Wednesday night's in-state clash against Iowa.