Holy Cross (7-2) at No. 14 Iowa State (9-0)
What: Cyclone Challenge
Where: Ames (Hilton Coliseum)
When: Today, 3:30 p.m.
Radio: KIOW 107.3-FM
ISU projected starting lineup: Hallie Christofferson, Brynn Williamson, Nikki Moody, Jadda Buckley and Seanna Johnson
Notes: Already off to its best start in 12 seasons, Iowa State looks to improve to 11-0 with a pair of wins in the Cyclone Challenge. Iowa State’s 9-0 record is tied for the third-best in school history as the Cyclones held a 12-0 record (1995-96, 2001-02) twice in program history. … The Cyclones are one of just two teams in the AP Top 25 to have won all their games so far this season by 11 or more points, joining Connecticut. … Iowa State will take on Holy Cross in the second game of the Cyclone Challenge, preceded by Saint Louis and William & Mary, who square off at 1 p.m. … ISU’s starting lineup has taken on the bulk of the scoring with the five starters responsible for 79 percent of the Cyclones’ points this season. The starters also account for 45 percent of the team’s rebounding. … Senior forward Hallie Christofferson is averaging 24.2 points and 8.3 rebounds through nine games this season. Her 24.2 points per game ranks ninth nationally and second in the Big 12. Christofferson is one of three players averaging 24.0 points and over 8.0 rebounds. … Holy Cross started the season on a six-game winning streak, with its first loss coming on Dec. 7 against Fordham. … The Crusaders have three starters shooting over 46 percent from the field and rank 88th in the nation in field goal percentage. Holy Cross is 22nd in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 38.0 percent of its trey’s. … The Crusaders rank 14th nationally with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.31. Holy Cross also averages 19.8 assists per contest.
North Dakota (6-3) at No. 21 Iowa (11-2)
Where: Iowa City (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Radio: KGLO-AM 1300
Iowa projected starting lineup: Samantha Logic, Melissa Dixon, Theairra Taylor, Kali Peschel and Bethany Doolittle
Notes: Today's contest marks the first meeting between Iowa and North Dakota. … UND is coached by Travis Brewster. He is in his second season at the helm of the program. … North Dakota is led in scoring by Madi Buck (17.4) and Mia Loyd (13.4). … Iowa, which is a perfect 7-0 at home this season, has won seven of its last eight games. Iowais one of 17 teams nationally with 11 or more wins, and is tied for the second-highest win total in the country this season. Iowa's 11 wins prior to the start of conference play equal the second-most in a season under head coach Lisa Bluder. … Iowa is averaging 82.2 points and 19.7 assists per contest, leading the Big Ten in both categories. In addition, the Hawkeyes are seventh nationally in assists per game. … Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 11 contests. … Junior guard Samantha Logic – the Big Ten leader in assists – recorded her second career triple-double last time out in Iowa's win over Drake (Dec. 21), tallying 12 points, 10 assists and 17 rebounds.
Iona (5-5) at Northern Iowa (5-6)
Where: Cedar Falls (McLeod Center)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Notes: UNI has posted an all-time mark of 90-26 (.776) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was completed in Nov. 2006. UNI posted a school-record best 16 home wins in the 2012-13 season. The Panthers have posted a 44-9 (.830 winning percentage) mark against non-conference opponents all-time in the McLeod Center. UNI has also enjoyed success at home in the month of December. UNI is 23-6 all-time in the month of December in the McLeod Center. … UNI is 4-1 this season when holding the opposition to less than 70 points. However, when the opposition scores more than 70, the Panthers are 1-5. … UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 440 consecutive games – the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference. … UNI point guard Deon Mitchell leads UNI in scoring (13.0 points per game). …UNI forward Seth Tuttle leads the Panthers in rebounding (7.2 rebounds per game) and ranks second on the team in scoring (12.8 points per game). Tuttle is tied for the MVC led in rebounding and is ranked No. 3 in the league in blocked shots (1.4 blocks per game). Tuttle recorded his 500th career rebound in UNI’s game at Virginia on Dec. 21, becoming the 24th UNI men’s basketball player to record at least 500 points and 500 rebounds in his career. Tuttle has tallied 876 points and 507 rebounds in his Panther career. … Junior forward Nate Buss ranks No. 2 in the MVC in field goal percentage (60.5 percent).