With only seven regular games left this season, No. 18 Iowa State has to travel to take on Texas Christian University at 6:30 p.m Wednesday.

Iowa State is 18-5 overall and 8-3 in the Big 12, while TCU is 17-6 overall and 7-5 in the Big 12.

In the Big 12 standings, Iowa State is sitting at third behind No. 15 Texas, who has a record of 9-3. TCU ranks fifth in the conference. During the team’s first meeting, the Cyclones were able to rout the Horned Frogs 92-54.

Despite the large margin of victory earlier in the season, coach Bill Fennelly said the game Wednesday will be different for the Cyclones.

Prior to a 89-71 loss to No. 1 Baylor, TCU was riding a five game win streak.

Fennelly said TCU is one of the most experienced teams in the conference which could be trouble for Iowa State.

Fennelly also said Iowa State did well handling TCU’s ball pressure in its first meeting with the Horned Frogs, but that Iowa State has had instances were they haven’t handled it well.

TCU ranks third in the Big 12 in opponent points per game with opposing teams only averaging 59.3 points per game against TCU.

While TCU does bring tough defensive pressure, Iowa State has two of the best ball-handlers in the Big 12.

Alexa Middleton ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 4.8 assists per game and Bridget Carleton ranks fifth with 4.4 assists per game.

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Iowa State redshirt senior Alexa Middleton defends the ball from West Virginia University freshman Madisen Smith in the first quarter of the game at Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 9. The Cyclones won 77-61 against the Mountaineers.

Fennelly said the basketball IQ of both Middleton and Carleton allows them to make the correct play and find open teammates for easy buckets. Iowa State averages 81.8 points a game which is good for second in the conference.

Averaging 68.7 points per game on offense, TCU ranks seventh in the Big 12 in points per game.

The Horned Frogs are anchored by Jordan Moore who averages 15.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game.

“Their inside game is really good,” Fennelly said. “Jordan Moore is an All-Big 12 player.”

As the starting center, Iowa State’s Kristin Scott will be the player battling Moore on both ends of the court. Scott has been averaging 13.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game this season, but Scott has been on a tear.

In her last outing versus West Virginia, Scott tallied 29 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 70.5 percent shooting from the floor.

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Center Kristin Scott shoots a free throw during the Iowa State vs Texas Tech women's basketball game Jan. 29 in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones defeated the Red Raiders 105-66.

Aside from positioning in the Big 12, the Cyclones will be battling for positioning for the NCAA tournament.

On Monday, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee revealed its top 16 teams in the country, which featured Iowa State as a four-seed if the season ended today.

In the women’s Tournament, the top 16 teams play on their home courts for the opening rounds of the tournament.

Iowa State has one of the best home advantages in the country, as the Cyclones have only lost one game at Hilton Coliseum this season. The loss was against Texas in a game which came down to the very final possession before the Longhorns captured a 64-62 win.

With home court advantage on the line, Fennelly said it gives his team something to play for.

“We’ve been on both ends of it, and [having home court] is an advantage,” Fennelly said. “There’s no two ways about it.”

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