LINCOLN, Neb. - The 22nd-ranked Iowa State women's basketball team hit 11 three-pointers and the Cyclone defense pressured the Huskers into 22 turnovers as ISU earned a 62-48 win over Nebraska Saturday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It was ISU's first league road win of the season.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Cyclones in Lincoln and improved their record to 15-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12. Nebraska slipped to 10-8 overall and 1-4 in the league. Iowa State shot 39.3 percent from the field and hit 42.3 percent from long range. Iowa State outrebounded NU 34-29, after trailing 15-14 on the boards at the break. The Huskers shot 39.3 percent from the field.
Alison Lacey led ISU with 14 points and Kelsey Bolte had 13. Nicky Wieben contributed 10 points and seven rebounds. Amanda Nisleit and Heather Ezell both added nine points as well. Nisleit led ISU with nine rebounds. As a team, the Cyclones picked off 15 steals, including six by Lacey.
"It's the kind of offensive game we've been looking for," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "We had five players that made big shots and almost had five players in double figures, which we haven't done."
Wieben scored back-to-back field goals and Ezell knocked down consecutive three-pointers to open a 10-6 Iowa State lead. Over the first 10 minutes of the game, Nebraska never allowed the Cyclones to get more than four points ahead.
Nisleit got back-to-back layups in a matter of 20 seconds as she put ISU up 21-14, forcing Nebraska to call a time out with 5:49 to go in the half. The Huskers responded by rattling off a 6-0 run to close the gap back to 21-20. The two teams traded baskets before Bolte ignited an 11-0 run with seven straight points (34-21). The run was started when Bolte drained a three-pointer and was fouled. She knocked down the free throw for a four-point play.
Nebraska cut the lead to 10 on a traditional three-point play by Cory Montgomery (34-24), but Toccara Ross knocked down a trey and Lacey went to the hoop for a basket around an NU score to give Iowa State a 39-27 halftime advantage.
Iowa State shot 46.9 percent from the field and was 6-of-11 from long range in the first 20 minutes. The Huskers shot 50 percent and had just one trey. The Cyclones had nine steals and forced 15 Nebraska turnovers.
The Huskers went on a 5-0 run coming out of the break to cut the ISU lead to seven (39-32). Nebraska again cut the lead to six (43-37) but Iowa State responded with 10 unanswered points to forge ahead 53-37 with 8:41 to go. The Huskers got within nine, 53-44, but ISU held them to just four points the rest of the way.
Iowa State will next hit the court Saturday, Jan. 31, when the Cyclones play host to No. 18 Kansas State. ISU will recognize the 1998-99 Elite Eight team at halftime of that contest.