Robinette's 30 Leads ISU Past Badgers

<b>AMES, Iowa -</b> Senior Katie Robinette turned in a career-best 30 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season to lead Iowa State to an 88-65 win over Wisconsin Sunday in Hilton Coliseum.

"That was a big game for our kids," Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said. "One thing I like is that we're learning to play as a team."

The Cyclones, now 4-1 overall, had 22 assists for 28 field goals made in the game. Robinette's 30 points was the most scored by a Cyclone since Lindsey Wilson poured in 41 points against Colorado Feb. 26, 2003.

"(Katie's) a very talented kid and a very good athlete," Fennelly said. "She's the kind of kid that can be a difference-maker in a game."

The Badgers (2-4) took control early, sinking five of their first seven shots to lead 13-5 just four minutes into the game. Robinette hit a layup for two of her 14 first-half points to spark a Cyclone run that narrowed the gap to one point (15-14) before Wisconsin sank four of its next five shots to extend the Badger lead to seven (25-18). Iowa State shored up its defense, giving UW just one basket over the last seven minutes and allowing the Cyclones a 16-2 run for a 41-32 lead at the half.

"The first seven minutes, we didn't guard anyone," Fennelly said. "We got a good defensive effort from our perimeter."

The teams traded baskets to start the second half, but Wisconsin would get no closer than 10 points (52-42) with 13:51 on the clock. The Badgers sent ISU to the charity stripe 30 times in the second stanza alone. The Cyclones converted on 23 free throws en route to 47 second-half points. Robinette had 16 points in 15 minutes of action, including 10-of-14 shooting from the free-throw line.

Iowa State shot 50 percent for the game, getting 36 points in the paint. The Cyclones outrebounded UW 40-30 and forced 17 turnovers for 25 points. Four Badgers scored in double figures, led by Jordan Wilson and Annie Nelson with 13 points each.

Iowa State is undefeated (4-0) at home this season and will face instate rival Drake on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Ames.

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