Cyclones Outlast Iowa in Double-OT

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State came out on top in a 101-94 double-overtime thriller over intrastate rival Iowa Wednesday night in Ames. Cyclone senior Erica Junod, who had 20 points in her first game back after an NCAA-mandated three-game absence, teamed with a crowd of 10,164 to lead ISU to victory.

"This night was about No. 10," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "To will her team to an emotional win ... it was an honor to watch her do it."

Both teams had five players score in double figures, while Iowa State won the battle on the boards 46-40. Iowa hit nine 3-pointers, while ISU sank 10. The Cyclones converted on 27-of-35 free throws and shot 45.7 percent from the field. The Hawkeyes hit 45.0 percent of their shots and sank 13-of-19 charity shots.

"This was one of the greatest games I've been a part of," Fennelly said. "It was a great effort by both teams."

Lyndsey Medders led the Cyclones with 21 points, while Mary Fox posted her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Wilkins had 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench for ISU, while Lisa Kriener added 12 points.

Iowa State kept the Hawkeye offense in check, leading 21-8 with 10:49 left in the first half. The Cyclones would match that lead at 6:25 (31-18), despite having starters Kriener and Junod sidelined with foul trouble.

Iowa chipped away at ISU's lead, getting within three (33-30) with 1:55 remaining in the first stanza. A Medders 3-pointer and two Anne O'Neil free throws would give Iowa State a 38-30 edge at the break.

The Cyclones managed to hold Iowa off until Jamie Cavey tied it up at 70-70 with 2:05 left in regulation. The Hawkeyes took their first lead at 1:26 on a Jennie Lillis layup. There were three ties and three lead changes over the final two minutes, but a jumper by UI's Kristi Faulkner with six ticks on the clock would send the game into overtime.

Iowa State struck first in the overtime with a Kriener layup at 4:31, but Iowa would take over the lead at 4:17 on a Faulkner 3-pointer. The Hawkeyes, who led by as much as six, controlled the game until Junod narrowed the gap to 85-83 on a jumper and forced an Iowa turnover on the ensuing inbounds play. Junod fed Medders under the basket to tie the score and Iowa would fail to convert on three shots as time expired to send the game into its second overtime.

The Cyclones, behind an explosive crowd, took the lead early on a Kriener layup at 4:44 and would never look back. Junod scored five points and collected two key defensive boards to lead ISU in the second overtime.

This was just the third double-overtime in ISU history and the first time either team has broken the century scoring mark in the 34-game series.

Iowa's Jamie Cavey led all scorers with 23 points, while Kristi Faulkner had 22.

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