Medders’ secret exposed; can ISU’s luck in Lincoln continue?

Former Iowa State point guard Lyndsey Medders and her former coach’s son now are husband and wife and living in Chicago where Billy Fennelly serves as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Northwestern.

The two began dating during Medders’ career that spanned 2003-07, a time when Fennelly was a student manager for his dad. Not wanting news of their relationship go public, or put anyone (umm, Bill Fennelly in particular) in an awkward position, the couple hid it from most of the outside world.

Lyndsey and Billy provided details of their secret romance for the first time in this piece, courtesy of ISU’s Alumni Association.

Check out Lyndsey’s web site and don’t hesitate to follow her on Twitter, if nothing else for the inspirational quotes she shares daily.

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Iowa State is looking for its fourth big-time victory in Lincoln, Neb., this athletic year.

First it was volleyball ending a 75-match losing streak to the Huskers. A few days later the football team won at Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1977.

The men’s basketball team snapped a 16-game losing streak in Big 12 road games last month.

The Cyclone women’s basketball team faces unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Nebraska (23-0, 10-0) Wednesday night. An ISU victory would be its eighth in nine games and the cherry on top of an already impressive NCAA Tournament resume.  

“We are going to go over there with the belief that we can,” Head Coach Bill Fennelly said. “Football did it, volleyball did it,  men’s basketball did it. We might as well go try and do it.”

ISU (19-4, 7-3) lost to the Huskers 57-49 in the teams’ Big 12 opener.

Nebraska has tied the single-season school record for wins and is one of only two teams nationally (No. 1 Connecticut) still without a loss.

“It’s one of those perfect storm kind of seasons for them,” Fennelly said. “It is probably the most difficult situation our team will play in all year. It comes at a time when we are playing well. I hope our players are excited about the challenge and seeing where we are.”

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