With Welle out of the game at key times because of fouls, Iowa State lost to Vanderbilt 84-65 Saturday night in the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regional.
"We had no chance realistically," Fennelly said. "We're not a deep team. They put her in a position where she had to foul, and that's to their credit."
Though the Cyclones had another strong season, it was a disappointing finish for seniors Megan Taylor and Erica Haugen, who were part of the best four years in school history.
They played in every game during those four seasons as Iowa State went 104-28, reaching the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament three times and the final eight once.
No one would have liked to see them play another game more than Fennelly. Vanderbilt, however, was just too good.
Center Chantelle Anderson, the reason for Welle's foul problems, scored 34 points. Guard Ashley McElhiney scored 23 and matched her career high with five 3-pointers. The Commodores shot 56.7 percent as a team.
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