AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (11-6, 3-3 Big 12) was able to work its way to a 73-59 win over Kansas State (7-9, 1-4 Big 12) Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones, who build up a lead of as many as 13 points in the game, saw their lead cut down to two on multiple occasions but were able to put together a strong fourth-quarter effort to preserve the victory.
Leading Iowa State was Ashley Joens, who notched her third-straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Rae Johnson (career-high 19) and Adriana Camber (11).
How It Happened
A sluggish start for both offenses was finally broken through by the Cyclones, who closed the first period with 3-pointers by Madison Wise and Kristin Scott to move ahead 17-10. K-State committed six first-period turnovers, being held off the scoreboard for the final three minutes of the quarter after being ahead 9-8.
The Cyclones got ahead nine at 22-13 within the first minute of the second, but KSU fought back with seven-straight to get back within a pair. Rae Johnson was able to stop the run with a 3-pointer, which helped kick-start ISU on a 10-2 run of its own, capped by another Johnson trey, to get ahead by double figures at 32-22.
Iowa State worked hard to stay ahead and build its lead, getting up by 13 with a Joens lay-in. However, the visitors continued to hang around and started making some shots, going 8-of-16 in the third quarter. K-State closed the period out on a 5-0 run, with Angela Harris’ lay-up with 2.3 seconds to go cutting the ISU lead to four, 49-45, heading to the fourth.
The battle commenced into the fourth quarter, with the ‘Cats cutting down ISU’s lead to a pair on multiple occasions. The home Cyclones continued to find the answers to stay ahead, with Joens’ 3-pointer with 3:52 remaining putting ISU ahead by seven at 61-54. Iowa State was able to ride out its advantage from there, with the lead staying above six points the rest of the way.
Players of Note
Ashley Joens recorded her third-straight double-double, leading the Iowa State effort with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Joens now has 12 20-point games on the season and 10 double-doubles to her name.
Rae Johnson scored 11 of her career-high 19 points in the first half, her first game in double figures since the conference opener at Texas Tech. Johnson also contributed eight assists and four rebounds.
Adriana Camber continued to make big shots for Iowa State, with her 11 points marking the sixth time in the past eight contests the senior Swede has been in double figures.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon to take on Kansas. Tip between the Cyclones and Jayhawks will be at 2 p.m., with Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom once again televising the contest.