AU rallied from a 39-31 halftime deficit to take a 49-48 lead. Coach Joe Ciampi's 19th-ranked team stretched its margin to nine points before the Cyclones made a late charge to send the game into overtime tied at 69-69. In the overtime period, the Tigers were outscored 11-6.
"We did what we needed to do to get back in the game," Ciampi said. "We were able top adjust on both offense and defense at halftime and it made a big difference."
The Tigers fell behind due to poor shooting. They hit just 30 percent of their first half field goals. In the second half the Tigers made 48 percent of their field goals. However, they were just 36 percent for the game compared to 48 percent for ISU. AU held a 44-43 edge in rebounds and forced 16 turnovers while committing just six.
Senior point guard Carol Smith led all scorers with 18 points. Freshman guard Natasha Brackett carried the first half scoring load with 13 of her 17 points in the opening half. She helped the Tigers come back from a 14-2 deficit to open the game.
Junior guard LaKeisha Johnson scored 15 points, all after halfitme. Le'Coe Willingham contributed eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Tia Miller fouled out with nine points and five rebounds, but did play 37 minutes.
Tracy Gahan led ISU with 18 points with five three-point baskets, while Lindsey Wilson had 17 points and Angie Welle added 16.
"I admire this team," Ciampi said. "We did a great job tonight against a great team, but we could not knock down the shots." The Tigers attempted 86 field goals, including a school record 33 three-pointers. AU tied a school record by making 10 treys.
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