#13 Iowa State Women Fall at #20 Oklahoma State - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

#13 Iowa State Women Fall at #20 Oklahoma State



(Stillwater, Oklahoma)(KWWL) Kelsey Bolte carried the load for the No. 13 Iowa State women's basketball team with 20 points and six three-pointers, but the 20th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls got big contributions from a pair of seniors on their senior night for a 78-70 win Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Iowa State dropped to 22-6 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12. The Cyclones are still in a tie for second place in the league standings with Oklahoma.
Senior point guard Alison Lacey did not make the trip to Stillwater due to an illness. Her status is day-to-day. Freshman Chelsea Poppens earned her fourth career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Whitney Williams also scored 11 points and nailed three treys for the Cyclones, while passing out a career-high seven assists.
OSU was led by Big 12 leading scorer Andrea Riley with 32 points and seven assists. Fellow senior Tegan Cunningham added 20 points and eight rebounds. Oklahoma State improved to 21-8 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12.
Iowa State shot 39.3 percent from the field and was 13-for-35 from outside the arc. Oklahoma State shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from long range. The Cowgirls were 24-for-27 from the charity stripe. The battle of the boards was tied 37-all. Iowa State had 17 assists on its 24 field goals.
Iowa State trailed 38-28 at the break after failing to score over the final 6:50 of the half. The Cyclones got out to a great start, leading 8-4, and getting scoring from three different players. Oklahoma State took its first lead of the contest when Riley got a conventional three-point play to put OSU up 11-9. The Cowgirls scored eight straight points from the charity stripe, but each time Iowa State answered, until Riley nailed a three-pointer to give OSU a 21-17 advantage.
Williams and Anna Prins each drained treys as the Cyclones tied the score at 23-all. Iowa State took its final lead of the half, 28-26, on a Poppens traditional three-point play with 6:50 left. Toni Young scored six straight points in the midst of a 12-0 run to end the half for the Cowgirls.
Iowa State got scoring from six players in the first half, while the Cowgirls had a pair of players in double figures, including Riley with 16 and Cunningham with 11. The Cyclones shot 34.5 percent from the field and had six three-pointers, while Oklahoma State shot 40.7 percent from the field and was 12-for-12 from the free throw line. ISU outrebounded the Cowgirls, 18-17, at the break.
Iowa State got five straight points from Bolte to open the second half and close the gap, 38-33. Oklahoma State went on an 8-2 run as it expanded its lead 46-35. The Cyclones kept chipping away to close the margin to seven, 48-41, before they got four straight threes to fall, including a pair by Bolte, to cut the margin to one, 54-53. Iowa State tied the game at 57-all on a pair of Poppens free throws, before OSU's Lakyn Garrison drilled a trey from way outside the arc to ignite a 15-5 Cowgirl run that put the Cyclones up 72-62 with two minutes left.
Poppens got a free throw and Denae Stuckey made a steal off Riley and scored a layup with 50.4 seconds left to cut the lead to seven, 74-67. Prins hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to six, 76-70, but OSU hit free throws and ISU missed its final shot to secure the win for the Cowgirls.
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