« Women’s Basketball 2013-14

Hallie Christofferson

School

Iowa State

Position
Forward
Major
Graphic Design
PPG
18.4
RPG
7.2
APG
1

Classroom

Christofferson holds a 3.43 grade point average while majoring in graphic design. She was an Academic All-American in 2014 and an Academic All-Big 12 First-Team member in 2012 and in 2013, and she has also been a member of the Big 12’s honor roll as well as being named an ISU Scholar Athlete. Christofferson looks to continue her work with graphic design post-college.

Character

Christofferson is seen as the quiet leader of team and is looked up to by each member. Her character is evident through her actions on and off the court, but head coach Bill Fennelly has managed to quantify her superior character and work ethic.

“She will probably score more points than words spoken in four years here,” Bill Fennelly said.

“Every day you’re around her you feel better about yourself,” Fennelly said.

“Every place she is people love her. She did an internship downtown this summer and I had phone calls about her. She is just one of those people that every single day has figured out a way to make herself better. Her career numbers are going to be staggering.”

“Her work ethic is amazing, her skill sets have improved and she’s done everything we’ve asked her to do since the day she walked on campus,” Fennelly said.

Community

Christofferson was named one of 31 semifinalists for the prestigious Wooden Citizenship Cup on Jan. 14, 2014. 31 The 31 semifinalists and five finalists, covered all NCAA sponsored sports and crossed all divisions and Christofferson was one of just five selections from collegiate women’s basketball.

The Hamlin, Iowa native volunteers her time in a number of ways around the Ames community during her time at Iowa State. One of the most important community service projects to Christofferson and the team is the adoption of Elise Lambert through the Friends of Jaclyn program. Elise suffers from brain cancer and Christofferson and the team welcomed Elise and her family as one of their own. Elise regularly attends practices, games and other team activities and was even named an honorary member of the team.

Christofferson has volunteered with those of all ages and for various causes within the community. She has participated in the St. Jude’s Walk with the Lambert’s the past three years, I-35 Program, visited an elementary school and taught basketball skills, assisted with Jr. Cyclone clinics and parties where she greeted families and played games with young children and also volunteered at Green Hills, a local retirement/ assisted living home. Christofferson is also a representative for the women’s basketball team on the SAAC Committee. With SAAC, she has helped with various other service other projects each year (Cy Cans, Adopt-A-Family at Christmas, Soles for Souls, etc.). Christofferson also served as the Grand Marshal of the Exira parade this summer. She regularly uses her status as a D1 athlete to impact those in the community.

Competition

Christofferson has proven herself to be one of the top players in the country, as the senior was recently named to the Wade Trophy,  Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy midseason lists. The senior led Iowa State to a program-best 14-0 record to start the season. The 14-game win streak was also the longest in school history. Most recently, Christofferson helped lead the Cyclones to their 13th 20-win season (20-10).

Christofferson is averaging a team-high 18.6 points, which also ranks third in the Big 12, and 7.3 boards per game. Christofferson has totaled eight double-doubles so far this season and 19 on her career. The senior is shooting over 46 percent from the field and 88.3 percent from the charity stripe. Christofferson was also named the Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season. Christofferson was also named first-team all-conference by the league’s coaches.

As far as school records, Christofferson is the fifth Cyclone to amass 1,600 points and 750 rebounds in a career (Angie Welle, Megan Taylor, Jayme Olson, Tonya Burns). She also ranks in the top-10 in Iowa State history in points (1,696), rebounds (792), field goals made (558) free-throw’s made (440), free-throw’s attempted (520), blocked shots (96) and free-throw percentage (.846). Christofferson ranks fifth on ISU’s single-season points list with 558 points.

Last season, she was named an honorable mention All-American by the AP and WBCA last season. Her performance also did not go unnoticed by league coaches as she was one of just four student-athletes in the Big 12 to be named a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First-Team.

Christofferson entered the 2013-14 season with a few other stats to her name as well. She is the only returning player in the nation to have led her team in field goal percentage (.516), three-point percentage (.401), free-throw percentage (.862) and points per game (15.6). She was also one of two returning players in the nation to have shot .500 from the field, .400 from the three-point line and .800 from the charity stripe; the other is Connecticut’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.