AMES, Iowa – Iowa State continued its undefeated start to the campaign, defeating Northern Illinois 70-60 Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones are now 2-0 on the season, advancing to the Preseason WNIT semifinals on Tuesday inside Hilton Coliseum. The Huskies are now 1-1 on the year.
The ISU effort was led by Bridget Carleton, with the senior getting a double-double for the second-straight contest en route to finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Kristin Scott came off the bench to contribute 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half. All 12 of Madison Wise’s points came in the second half.
How It Happened
Iowa State scored the first six points of the game and did not look back from there. Kristin Scott came off the bench with a strong cameo, running off seven-straight points as part of a 10-0 ISU run which opened the lead to 20-6.
The Cyclones were able to get production in the paint, as 30 of the home team’s 41 first-half points came in the paint. Scott’s 11 first-half points were vital to that, along with Inès Nezerwa coming off the bench to contribute four.
NIU came out of the locker room strong, cutting the ISU lead to single digits at 43-35, but the Cyclones got going from deep, as Bridget Carleton and Madison Wise hit 3-pointers as part of a 10-2 run to bring ISU’s lead back to 53-37.
The Cyclones were off to a slow start to begin the final quarter, which saw NIU cut the home side’s lead to single digits at 63-55. However, Wise put the game out of sight with a 3-pointer and a fast-break lay-up via a coast-to-coast run from Nezerwa to make it 68-55.
Players of Note
Bridget Carleton had one of her stat-sheet filling games, finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and a steal while playing all 40 minutes. She now has 23 career games posting over 20 points, and 11 career double-doubles.
Kristin Scott came off the bench to make an early impact for ISU. Scott had 11 points and six rebounds in the first half. She finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Madison Wise was shut out in the first half, but came up big to allow ISU to hold onto its lead and the win. The sophomore finished with 12 points.
Iowa State will play Auburn on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum.