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Cyclone Women Run By Panthers 79-54

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- The Iowa State women's basketball team got out to a quick start and never looked back, taking down Northern Iowa 79-54 Thursday night at the McLeod Center. The Cyclones shot 48.3 percent from the field and drained 10 three-pointers to control the contest throughout.

Kelsey Bolte led ISU with 17 points, all of them coming in the first half. Heather Ezell finished with 13 points and Amanda Nisleit chipped in 11 for the Cyclones. Iowa State had a solid night on the glass, out rebounding UNI 53-29. Freshman Ashley Arlen led the rebounding charge, with 11 boards, while Alison Lacey turned in a career-high 10 rebounds.

Iowa State came out of the gates blistering hot, jumping out to an 18-3 lead behind a 7-for-8 showing from the field and a 4-of-5 performance from three-point range over the first five minutes. Bolte had 11 of ISU's first 13 points in the contest, hitting three consecutive treys. She had five three-pointers in the first half.

"We talked a lot about the first four minutes of the game, and no one could anticipate the kind of start we got out to," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "Kelsey was on fire and our defense was great. You don't get out to an 18-3 lead without doing it on both ends of the floor."

The Cyclones extended their lead, 25-5, before the Panthers got their offense rolling. UNI went on a 10-0 run to cut the margin to 25-15. Iowa State answered, however, with an 11-2 run of its own. Nicky Wieben hit a three as time was running out to send the Cyclones to the locker room with a 39-19 advantage.

ISU shot 46.7 percent from the floor (14-30) and knocked down seven treys at a 46.7 percent clip in the opening period. UNI shot just 23.5 percent over the first 20 minutes and went 1-for-8 from three-point range. The Cyclones also held a 30-15 advantage on the glass in the first half.

The second half began just like the first as the Cyclones hit 4-of-5 to start the period as Nisleit hit two field goals in the paint and three free throws and Ezell had five points, including a trey, to spark a 12-0 ISU run for a 51-19 lead

The Panthers went on a 10-2 run capped by a Lindsey Swanson three-pointer to cut into ISU's margin, 61-34. But Nisleit hit two more free throws and Lacey got a layup to increase ISU's lead 65-34. The Cyclones never looked back from there.

The Cyclones will continue their six-game road stint, traveling next to Omaha, Neb., for a tilt with Creighton at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Online Reporter: Rick Coleman

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