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Iowa State's Anna Prins Says 'Yes' To Proposal
December 30, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Here's the story by Cody Westerlund of the Ames Tribune on a post-game marriage proposal involving an Iowa State starter.

After the Iowa State women's basketball team's 86-47 win against Alabama State on Sunday, coach Bill Fennelly walked to midcourt to address the crowd.

As he thanked the fans for coming and wished everyone happy holidays, Ryan De Hamer took his position behind the west basket at Hilton Coliseum, the hoop opposite the bench the Cyclone players sat on.

The longtime boyfriend of senior post Anna Prins, De Hamer was trying to stay out of sight just before the most nerve-racking moment of his life. Fennelly continued his spiel with the importance of family, turning last to say it's been a pleasure to have Prins in the Cyclones' family.

At that point, De Hamer walked to midcourt, and it hit Prins: Her man was proposing.

A surprised Prins headed out to the ISU logo, where De Hamer dropped to a knee and asked for her hand. (Here's the video, courtesy of KCCI in Des Moines.) 

She said yes.

"I did not expect that at all," a smiling Prins said later. "He was very sneaky. I was super shocked, but I'm so thankful Ryan decided to do it in Hilton, because that's just going to be a special memory, having coach be a part of it and my teammates."

It was a fitting conclusion to a happy day for the Cyclones (9-1), who raced out to a 27-8 lead against the overmatched Hornets (2-9) in their nonconference finale. Doing much of the damage in the first half as ISU built a 51-16 advantage was Hallie Christofferson, who had all 21 of her points in the first 20 minutes. The junior forward made her first six shots, including four 3-pointers.

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