COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 23rd-ranked Iowa State women's basketball team hit 11 three-pointers, including seven in the second half, to lead the Cyclones to a 62-47 win over Missouri Tuesday at the Mizzou Arena. Springfield, Mo., native Heather Ezell led the charge with five treys for 19 points.
With the win, Iowa State improved to 22-7 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12. Missouri dropped to 13-15 overall and 4-11 in the league. The Cyclones held Missouri to 47 points, marking the seventh time they have held a Big 12 opponent under the 50-point mark this season. Iowa State also swept the Tigers for the second consecutive season.
Senior Amanda Nisleit finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Kelsey Bolte pitched in 15 points, including hitting three treys, all in the second half. Nicky Wieben led ISU on the glass with seven rebounds.
Iowa State shot 38.9 percent from the field and 44 percent in the second half. The Cyclones hit 37.9 percent from three-point range, going 7-for-10 from deep in the second stanza. Missouri was led by Jessra Johnson's 10 points and the Tigers shot 35.7 percent from the floor and knocked down just one three-pointer for the contest. ISU outrebounded the Tigers, 37-35.
"We've had four games in 10 days with three on the road and we found a way to win the last three," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "In the first half, we looked like we were in slow motion. In the second half, we looked a little more crisp and for about four minutes to start the half we were really good offensively."
The Cyclones led 24-16 at the break, getting all their scoring from four players. Ezell and Nisleit combined for four three-pointers to pace ISU, while the Cyclone defense shut the Tigers out from beyond the arc. Iowa State shot 34.5 percent (10-29) from the field, while holding MU to 24 percent (6-25).
Nisleit hit a three to open the game and Wieben scored her only points of the half as they pushed Iowa State to a 7-4 lead. ISU got out to an 11-6 advantage before Mizzou tied the score up at 11-all. After the Tigers closed the lead to two (16-14), the Cyclones went on an 8-0 run that began and ended with treys by Ezell. Alyssa Hollins scored for MU to cut the halftime lead to eight.
Three Cyclones went a combined 4-for-5 from three-point range to push Iowa State's lead out to 16 points (36-20) four minutes into the second half. Bolte hit her third trey of the period to give ISU a 40-24 advantage. The Tigers went on a 12-2 run to trim the lead to eight (48-40) with just over seven minutes to play in the contest.
The Tigers cut the lead to seven off a free throw by Hollins (55-47) with a minute and a half left, but the Cyclones hit free throws and Bolte hit a field goal to push the Cyclone lead back to 15 to finish the game.
The Cyclones will close out the regular season on Saturday against Kansas. Iowa State will face the Jayhawks at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones honor five senior student-athletes following the contest.