AMES, Iowa – No. 18 Iowa State (19-6, 9-4 Big 12) got back on winning track with an 89-67 win over Oklahoma State (13-11, 4-9 Big 12) Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones, winners of four-straight in front of their home crowd, got a strong offensive performance which included a 51-point first half.
Leading the way for the Cyclones was Bridget Carleton, who marked her annual game in front of her extended friends and family with 24 points. She was one of five Iowa Staters in double figures, joined by Kristin Scott (17), Alexa Middleton (15), Ashley Joens (14) and Meredith Burkhall (10.
Scott got her third double-double in six games, as she added 12 rebounds, while Burkhall went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field on the day.
How It Happened
The first quarter got off to a frantic start, with both teams shooting well from the field. The Cowgirls got the better of the start, as OSU made its first five field goals to get out to a 11-6 advantage. ISU got back into it quickly, as Kristin Scott’s put back gave ISU its first lead of the game at 16-15. Iowa State got the edge to close the quarter, as Alexa Middleton’s lay-in made it 25-23 Cyclones.
Alexa Middleton was one of the stars of first quarter with eight points, and continued that run in the second as her 3-pointer opened the Cyclone lead to six at 31-25. OSU cut the Iowa State advantage to a pair, but the visitors’ situation changed when leading scorer Vivian Gray got her second foul. The Cyclones became more aggressive to the hoop, as Carleton got three-straight buckets, including a banked-in buzzer-beating 3-pointer to move ahead 51-39 at the break.
The Cyclones got rolling after a slow start to the period, as Carleton helped kick-start the Cyclone attack. OSU cut the lead to eight at 55-47, but Iowa State went on a roll from there, as the Cyclone offense pushed its way ahead by as many as 18 points in the third period, taking a 70-55 lead into the fourth quarter.
Iowa State eased home from there, as the Cyclones built their lead up to as many as 25 points in the final period via a 12-0 run early in the period.
Players of Note
Bridget Carleton notched her third-straight game over 20 points and her seventh-straight contest with at least 19 as the senior notched 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting, and added seven rebounds and three assists.
Alexa Middleton had one of her best games in league play, finishing with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting while adding in a team-high four assists.
Kristin Scott posted her third double-double in the last six games, as she finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Scott is averaging 21.0 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game in the last six games.
No. 18 Iowa State returns to competition on Wednesday at Oklahoma. Tip between the Cyclones and Sooners will be at 10:30 a.m.