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Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly stands on the sideline during the second half of the Iowa State vs Baylor women’s basketball game held Feb. 23 in Hilton Coliseum. The Lady Bears defeated the Cyclones 60-73 despite a surge from Iowa State in the second half.

On Thursday, Iowa State's athletics director Jamie Pollard announced on Twitter a contract extension with long-time women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly. Fennelly's contract extension with the university runs through the 2025 season.

"Bill built a program from scratch and, more impressively, maintained major success for more than two decades," Pollard said in a release. "There's a loyalty factor and a commitment (to Iowa State) factor with Bill that isn't very typical today. He has been fully invested in the 'Iowa State Way' for a long time and our fan base has reaped the benefits."

Fennelly has led several successful teams in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournament including this season.

During his time at Iowa State, Fennelly has accumulated 505 wins and 262 losses for an overall win percentage of .658 since 1995. Prior to working at Iowa State, Fennelly was the head coach at Toledo.

The Cyclones have won the Big 12 Tournament title under Fennelly in 2000 and 2001.

Since 1995, the Cyclones have had 18 NCAA appearances including two Elite Eight and three Sweet 16 appearances.

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Iowa State women's basketball head coach Bill Fennelly yells during the Cyclone versus Razorback game on Dec. 2 at Hilton Coliseum. Cyclones won 91-82.

Iowa State lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season and finished with a 22-9 record. The Cyclones were a 3 seed in the tournament and hosted the game at Hilton Coliseum.

Boasting some of the top attendance numbers in women's basketball nationwide, Fennelly has helped foster one of the best home court advantages in the country.

During the 2017-18 season, Iowa State ranked third nationally in attendance per game by averaging 9,870 fans a game despite finishing that season 14-17 overall.

In the 2018-19 season, the Cyclones had a record of 17-3 at home.

"I love this place," Fennelly said in his post-game comments Monday. "I love everything about it. I love coming to work. I love telling people I coach and work at Iowa State."

Iowa State also finished second in the Big 12 regular season and the team fell to Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game.

The Cyclones were led by senior Bridget Carleton, who was the first Iowa State player to ever win the Big 12 Player of the Year award.

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