AMES, Iowa – Iowa State was unable to fend off a fourth-quarter rally by Kansas State on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum, losing 67-60. With the setback, the Cyclones are now 7-9 overall on the year, 1-4 in the Big 12. Kansas State improves to 10-6 on the year, with a record of 2-3 in conference play.
How It Happened
Iowa State torched the nets from deep in the first quarter, knocking down 5-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc to surge ahead early. It was a welcome reprieve after a cold shooting performance their last time out at West Virginia, as the Cyclones jumped out to a 19-18 lead through 10 minutes.
The script was flipped in the second stanza, as ISU shined on the defensive end, where they held the Wildcats to 4-of-14 from the field and forced four turnovers. The teams went to the locker room at halftime all tied at 30-30. Freshman Madison Wiseled the way with five points, six rebounds and three assists for what was a balanced Cyclone attack, with seven players scoring at least three points in the first half.
Iowa State’s suffocating defensive effort continued after the intermission. The Cyclones charged out to their largest lead of the game at 42-32 behind a 12-0 run. Emily Durr and Bridget Carleton made back-to-back triples to spark the run, but Iowa State was dominant on the other end of the floor, as K-State opened the half missing their first 14 field goal attempts, to go with three turnovers. The Wildcats got to the three throw line for seven attempts, but Iowa State held a 45-38 lead with 10 minutes to play.
The Kansas State offense caught fire in the fourth quarter and it would prove to be ISU’s undoing. The Wildcats outscored the Cyclones 29-15 in the final stanza, including a 20-6 spurt to start the quarter, as K-State made eight of nine field goal attempts down the stretch to seal the comeback.
Players of Note
Bride Kennedy-Hopoate was Iowa State’s leading scorer with a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. It was the junior’s fifth game in double figures as a Cyclone.
Bridget Carleton put up her second double-double of the season and ninth of her career with 16 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 720 straight games.
*Iowa State allowed only one field goal in the third quarter, trying a school best for a single stanza.
*The Cyclones used their ninth different starting lineup combination of the season.
*Bridget Carleton now ranks 27th on ISU’s career scoring chart (1,082), passing Etta Burns (1,074; 1985-88).
Iowa State hits the road this weekend, traveling to Lubbock to face Texas Tech on Saturday. The game is slated for 6 p.m.