ISU WBB Wins Final Exhibition Game

Iowa State Women's Basketball Cruises to 94-55 Win in Final Exhibition

Despite having a considerable height advantage over a much-smaller Grand View team, Iowa State lit up Hilton Coliseum from the outside by draining 17 3-pointers in a 94-55 exhibition win Sunday. GVC's Ashley Brown took advantage of the shooter's gym by sinking 8-of-14 treys for a game-high 32 points.

"It was disappointing the way we started," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "But we got a lot of kids in the game. It was nice to see everybody play."

The Vikings got on the board first and made three consecutive baskets, including two 3-pointers by Brown, to lead 8-3 at 18:21. Fennelly pulled his five starters, getting immediate 3-pointers from freshmen Amanda Nisleit and Gillian Bjerke to spark the Cyclones on offense and pull ahead for good.

ISU had 12 first-half 3-pointers, while Grand View countered with eight. Cyclone freshman Heather Ezell, who finished with seven treys, hit 4-of-9 from outside in the first stanza. Iowa State knocked down 52.2 percent of its first-half 3-point tries and went into the locker room with a 57-31 advantage.

The Cyclones built a big enough cushion to field a five-freshman lineup for several minutes of the second half. Ten of the 11 Cyclones that played scored in the game, while freshman Rachel Pierson pulled down 18 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards.

"We won't see a lot of zone and be able to chuck up 44 3-pointers," Fennelly said. "Offensively, we didn't get much out of (the game), but we were able to try some different things defensively."

Ezell finished the game with a team-best 21 points. Senior Brittany Wilkins had 18, while Megan Ronhovde and Nicky Wieben added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Senior point guard Lyndsey Medders dished 11 assists, her second consecutive game to tally double-digits assists.

Iowa State dominated the boards, outrebounding the Vikings 63-27. The Cyclones had just four first-half turnovers, finishing with 11. ISU limited Grand View to 35.6 percent shooting while hitting 40 percent from the floor overall.

"It was a good way to end the season," Fennelly said. "We have a better idea of the things we need to work on."

Iowa State takes a week off before playing host to IUPUI in its regular-season home opener on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.

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