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#18 ISU women edge #12 Oklahoma 63-56

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AMES (KWWL) -- The 18th ranked Iowa State women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive Big 12 contest and its second straight against Top 25 teams with a 63-56 victory over number 12 Oklahoma Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The win was the first over the Sooners in seven tries for ISU and the first for the ISU seniors.

The Cyclones got out to a 12-point lead in the first half and withstood an Oklahoma scoring flurry in the second half to hold off the Sooners. With the win, Iowa State improved to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12, putting ISU third in the league standings. Oklahoma fell to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
 
"We've had a lot of trouble beating OU for a lot of reasons," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "We didn't just win a game, we won a game against people who do it the right way and I'm proud of our team for that. Our bench played the best it's played in a while. Overall we did everything we had to do at the time we had to do it and I'm proud of our team."
 
The Cyclones had three players in double figures and three players with five or more rebounds. Kelsey Bolte and Anna Prins each scored 15 points, while Alison Lacey finished with 12, including 10 points in the first half. Freshman Jessica Schroll finished with a career-high 11 rebounds to go with her four points. Chelsea Poppens also turned in seven rebounds. Oklahoma had three players in double figures, led by Nyeshia Stevenson's 14 points. Amanda Thompson finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for OU.
 
Iowa State shot 37.8 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Cyclone defense held Oklahoma to 34.6 percent shooting from the floor and a 23.8 percent effort from long range. ISU held the Sooners to 20 points below their season scoring average. The Cyclones outrebounded OU most of the night but the Sooners closed to within one board at the final buzzer, 37-36. ISU went 22-for-31 from the charity stripe and Oklahoma went 15-for-25 in a game where 50 total fouls were called.
 
Iowa State will travel to Manhattan, Kan., to take on Kansas State at 2 p.m. Sunday before returning to Ames to play host to Texas Tech at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.
 
Online reporter Mark Woodley
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