The Iowa Hawkeyes won their fourth straight in the Cy-Hawk women's basketball series over the Iowa State Cyclones on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
Final score: Iowa (7-2) 75, Iowa State (6-2) 69
Turning point: After Iowa State ended the fourth quarter on an 11-3 run to tie the game at 48-48, Iowa set the tone to start the final period. The Hawkeyes started the fourth with seven straight points, including a Tomi Taiwo 3-pointer that led to an ISU timeout. It was Taiwo's third 3 of the game. She had hit one all season entering Wednesday. The Cyclones got within 66-62 with 1:37 to go, but Amanda Ollinger grabbed an offensive rebound and Monika Czinano scored at the end of the shot clock to go up six with 47.4 seconds left.
MVP: Any number of Hawkeyes could get the nod here. Kathleen Doyle scored 21 points and made 10 of 12 free throws, Czinano went for 20 points, Makenzie Meyer had 18 and hit 3 of 6 treys and Ollinger — though she scored just two points — pulled down 20 rebounds. Twenty! But Iowa State's Ashley Joens stood out with a game-high 26 points, plus 12 rebounds. She hit 12 of 15 free throws and was 7 of 20 from the field after a 1-for-10 performance against Iowa last year. Joens won't be happy without the win, but it was a bounce-back Cy-Hawk year individually for the Iowa City native.
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Key stat: 4-20. Both teams started cold, with Iowa State leading 14-11 after the first quarter. But ISU never heated up, especially from deep. The Cyclones hit just 4 of 20 3-point attempts and shot 31.3 percent overall. Iowa made 8 of 19 from behind the arc.
Up next: Iowa hosts North Carolina Central at 2 p.m. Saturday. Iowa State faces Wright State at home Sunday.