AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team put up a solid defensive effort and Alison Lacey and Heather Ezell provided all the offensive firepower it needed to knock off 20th-ranked Vanderbilt, 55-51, Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. The win was the sixth straight for the Cyclones as they improved to 11-2 overall and 7-0 at home.
The ISU defense forced Vanderbilt into 27 miscues, including 18 in the first half, and held Christina Wirth, the Commodores' leading scorer, to just seven points. Lacey worked her way out of a shooting slump as she led the Cyclones with a season-high 20 points, including going 3-of-6 from three-point range. Ezell added 18 points for ISU, with a 5-of-8 performance from the field and 3-of-5 mark from long range. Amanda Nisleit led Iowa State on the boards with five rebounds.
I'm very proud of our team," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "I thought that was as competitive of a basketball game as I have been a part of in a long time, but maybe not the most aesthetic thing to watch. I thought both teams played their guts out. I am certainly proud of the effort of our team and our fans. I told our kids before the game that this is what big time basketball is supposed to be about. We beat a really good team, and hopefully that says that we have a chance to be a great team. I'm a very proud."