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Topic - Bill Fennelly
Iowa State's lasting image of this year's NCAA tournament will be of balls spinning out of the basket or bouncing harmlessly off the rim.
Iowa State knew it would have to play its best to even have a shot against No. 9 Baylor - which blew out the Cyclones by 38 points two weeks ago.
When Odyssey Sims caught a pass in transition, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey figured her star guard was headed toward another fast-break layup.
Hallie Christofferson caught a pass right in front of the basket, turned to avoid a Baylor defender and rose toward the front of the rim with nobody around her.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey struggles at times because her top-ranked Lady Bears are showing they can be better even without being perfect again.
Through the years, the Iowa State women's basketball team almost always found a go-to player, someone to serve as the face of the program.
"We couldn't make enough consecutive plays on either end of the floor to change the outcome," Fennelly said. "They were the better team today."
"I told her that every single person who's standing up is standing up for what you've done for our school, and it had nothing to do with the points and rebounds," said Fennelly, his voice cracking. "It was the kind of kid she was. I thanked her for being the kind of person who wore the Iowa State jersey the right way."