AMES, Iowa- No. 11 Texas (14-2, 4-0 Big 12) held on to defeat No. 20 Iowa State (13-3, 3-1 Big 12), 64-62 Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Rallying from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, the Cyclones had a chance to win or tie it with the final possession, but Bridget Carleton’s 15-foot jumper was off the mark right before the buzzer.
Sug Sutton led the Longhorns with a near triple-double, posting 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Iowa State shot a season-low 34.3 percent from the field, but forced the Longhorns into 17 turnovers.
Carleton led the Cyclones with 20 points and nine boards, scoring eight of her points in ISU’s fourth-quarter comeback attempt.
Kristin Scott continued her torrid shooting, connecting on 6-of-9 shooting from the field en route to 15 points. Scott is 18-of-21 from the floor in the last three games.
How It Happened
Iowa State led after the first period, 15-13. Down 13-7, the Cyclones received a spark from Scott, who made all three of her field goal attempts to help ISU close out the period on an 8-0 run.
Iowa State moved ahead 25-17 on an 8-0 run, but the Longhorns rallied, however, tying the game at 28-28 at halftime. Jatarie White scored six points in an 11-3 run, as the Cyclones closed out the half missing their final nine shots.
UT continued to heat up after the break, mounting a 15-0 run to take a 43-30 lead, as the Cyclones were mired in another cold shooting spell. Carleton finally ended the UT flurry with a trey from the top of the key to close the gap to 10 points (43-33) with 4:22 left in the third period.
The Longhorns led by as many as 13 points in the third period, but the Cyclones cut the gap to seven points (51-44) heading into the final period. Scott scored a pair of buckets in the final minutes of the third period to keep the Cyclones in it.
UT increased its lead to 10 points (54-44) on a Danni Williams 3-pointer when the fourth quarter started, but Carleton scored three-straight baskets on nifty drives to cut the gap to 54-50 with just over five minutes left in the game.
Madison Wise and Ashley Joens then hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and just like that the Cyclones erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and tied at 56-56 with 4:05 left.
UT held a two-point lead (64-62) with under 0:30 seconds left. After the Cyclones got a stop on the defensive end, they had one last chance in the final possession.
Players of Note
Kristin Scott once again gave the Cyclones a spark from off the bench, scoring 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Scott increased her consecutive made field goal streak to 15 before missing a 3-pointer in the second half.
Bridget Carleton led the Cyclones in scoring for the 12th time this season with 20 points. She also had nine rebounds and a team-high three assists. She moved past Hallie Christofferson to eighth place on ISU’s career field goals made chart (566). It was the 31st 20-point game of her career.
Iowa State travels to West Virginia on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.