Saturday, March 25

Iowa State women’s basketball may get another shot at Texas, Baylor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Iowa State guard Lexi Donarski was talking about her team’s showdown with either Texas Christian or West Virginia in Friday’s quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament when the topic turned to who the Cyclones could face later in the weekend.

Donarski smiled when asked if getting another crack at Texas or Baylor was an exciting proposition. 

“Oh definitely — yeah,” Donarski said. “But we’ll be focused on our first game before anything else.”

The seventh-ranked Cyclones begin their quest for a title when they take on the winner of the TCU/West Virginia game on Friday at 5 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium. If Iowa State advances to Saturday’s semifinals, they’ll likely meet up with Texas. Win again and they could see Baylor in the final.

“Everyone gets another shot,” said Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly.

The Iowa State women arrived in Kansas City having already locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament, almost certainly hosting the first two rounds. A Big 12 Tournament title could land the Cyclones in the Wichita regional. That could give them an advantage as ISU fans would have the opportunity to flock to a Sweet 16 game.

Lexi Donarski and the Iowa State women's basketball team may get one more shot at Baylor at the Big 12 Tournament this week.

But that’s a big if. The Cyclones face a challenging road to get to the Big 12 championship game. The Cyclones swept TCU and West Virginia during the regular season. The semifinal opponent would be either Kansas State or Texas. Waiting on the other side of the bracket is Baylor, heavily favored to make it the title game.


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