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Cyclones Lacey, Brackins prepping for hoops career

April 2, 2010

AMES — Iowa State’s pro basketball prospects are gearing up for their drafts.

It was announced Thursday that Cyclone point guard Alison Lacey was one of 14 players invited to attend the WNBA’s Draft on April 8 in Secaucus, N.J.

She plans on being there, along with head coach Bill Fennelly, assistant Jodi Steyer and student assistant/roommate Brittany Lange.

Lacey has been working out since ISU’s season ended Sunday in a NCAA tournament loss to Connecticut. She hasn’t been sure about continuing her professional career,  but it sounds as if the WNBA is in her future.

“It is shocking that it is actually happening,” Lacey said. “Just to be mentioned with the people that will be at the draft is surreal. If you would have told me back in Australia that this would have happened there is no way I would have believed it.”

Lacey, a first-team all-Big 12 pick this season, will be the eighth player in ISU history picked for the draft and the first since Lyndsey Medders in 2007.

Other players in the conference joining her in person at the draft will be Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley, Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin, Kansas’ Danielle McCray and Oklahoma’s Amanda Thompson.

Meanwhile, former Cyclone big man Craig Brackins is living in Las Vegas, working out daily in preparation for the June 24 NBA Draft.

The 6-10 forward is sharing an apartment with Oklahoma State guard James Anderson, who also decided to leave school a year early for a chance at the NBA.

Brackins and Anderson became fast friends last summer while playing in the World University Games.

The Web site http://www.nbadraft.net projects Brackins as an early second-round pick.  He is hoping to go higher than that, obviously, and earn a guaranteed contract if selected in the first round.

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

February 17, 2010

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.”