Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State women's basketball torches Texas Tech

Cyclones roll to 105-66 win at home

Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State Cyclones

AMES — Iowa State’s women’s basketball team started hot on a frigid Tuesday night and never cooled off.

The No. 25 Cyclones carved up Texas Tech’s defense all game in a 105-66 win at Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State center Kristin Scott was perfect from the field in Iowa State’s last game against Oklahoma State, going 11 of 11, including 7-7 from 3-point range. She wasn’t quite perfect Tuesday, but she did make her first three shots before missing. She made 7 of 10 shots in the first half and finished with 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting along with five rebounds.

“No, I’m not surprised when I miss, obviously I’m going to miss,” Scott said with a laugh. “Going 11 for 11 is rare. But obviously, when they’re going in, it feels good.”

Iowa State Coach Bill Fennelly said Scott was Iowa State’s best shooter. Considering she’s also Iowa State’s center, it makes her a matchup nightmare for opposing teams.

“It’s huge for us, especially at the five position,” Iowa State star Bridget Carleton said. “It takes their post player out of the paint and it’s hard for them to guard her. When their rim protector is on the perimeter, it allows us to have driving lanes because there’s no shot blocker in the key. It opens up a lot of things for us.”

Carleton left the game early in the second quarter with foul trouble, but she had already made an impact by that point. She scored 11 points in 11 minutes in the first half and finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes.

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Carleton is now Iowa State’s fourth leading scorer of all time with 1,814 points. She passed both Tonya Burns (1,789) and Jayme Olson (1,799) Tuesday.

“I don’t think it matters too much, but it’s nice to be included with all the great players that have been here and be recognized with that group of people,” Carleton said.

Iowa State (16-5, 6-3 Big 12) shot 60 percent from the field and 58 percent from 3-point range in the first half.

The Cyclones didn’t cool off in the second half, either, shooting 66 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.

No Iowa State player shot below 50 percent from the field.

Fennelly pulled his starters with nine minutes left in the game. The starters played 127 minutes and had 18 assists and two turnovers in the game. The two turnovers were both from point guard Alexa Middleton, who had 10 points and nine assists.

“It was fun to watch,” Fennelly said. “Most coaches don’t get to say that very often, but that was fun to watch.”

Guard Maddie Wise was another Cyclone who had trouble missing. She totaled 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting and also had six rebounds and four assists.

On the defensive end, Iowa State contained Chrislyn Carr, the Big 12’s second-leading scorer. Wise was tasked with defending Carr and Carr did score 14 points, but only shot 5-for-17 form the field.

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“Her line was fantastic,” Fennelly said. On this piece of paper, there’s no line about defense. Maddie is really learning that she can impact the team without scoring. That being said, you want to see her make shots.”

As a team, Texas Tech (10-10, 1-8) shot just 35 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point distance.

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