No. 11-seed Missouri State upset No. 3-seed Iowa State 69-60 in the second round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament Monday at Hilton Coliseum.
After back-to-back upsets, the Lady Bears are heading to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001.
— NCAA WBB (@ncaawbb) March 26, 2019
Turning point: After falling behind by 11 in the third quarter, Iowa State sliced the lead to one three times in the fourth quarter. Alexa Willard made a turnaround jumper for the Bears with 4:07 remaining, then after a Bridget Carleton miss, Sydney Manning drilled a 3-pointer to extend the lead to six. The Cyclones never had another look at a game-tying shot.
MVP: Willard wasn't rattled in a road environment with a Sweet 16 trip at stake, hitting clutch shots when her team needed them. She led Missouri State with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Willard also grabbed five rebounds. Carleton was brilliant for the Cyclones in defeat with 31 points and 10 rebounds. She was 10 of 16 from the field and 10 for 10 at the foul line.
Key stat: 2-17. Iowa State struggled from 3-point range all night. Only Alexa Middleton and Carleton connected from deep and the Cyclones shot 11.8 percent from long range as a team. Meanwhile, Missouri State was 7 of 18 (38.9 percent) from beyond the arc.
Points: Bridget Carleton, Iowa State (31); Alexa Willard, Missouri State (17)
Rebounds: Bridget Carleton, Iowa State (10); Jasmine Franklin, Missouri State (7)
Assists: Alexa Middleton, Iowa State (5); Danielle Gitzen, Brice Calip, Missouri State (5)
Steals: Alexa Middleton, Iowa State (2); Jasmine Franklin, Brice Calip, Missouri State (2)
Blocks: Kristin Scott, Iowa State (2); Jasmine Franklin, Emily Gartner, Missouri State (1)
3-Pointers: Bridget Carleton, Alexa Middleton, Iowa State (2); Alexa Willard, Missouri State (3-6)
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Up next: The Cyclones' season ends at 26-9. Missouri State (25-9) will head to Chicago to face No. 2-seed Stanford or No. 7-seed BYU at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.