Iowa State Rolls Past North Florida

Iowa State had three players record double-doubles in a 74-48 win over North Florida, giving the Cyclones a consolation victory in the Freeport division of the Junkanoo Jam Saturday night.

Iowa State had three players record double-doubles in a 74-48 win over North Florida, giving the Cyclones a consolation victory in the Freeport division of the Junkanoo Jam Saturday night.

 

"I thought, with the exception of about four minutes of the first half, this was a great team win," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "We played with energy and enthusiasm. We had a great effort at both ends of the court."

 

ISU senior Brittany Wilkins had a stellar tournament, collecting 39 points and 17 rebounds in two games. She posted her fourth career double-double with a career-best 26 points and 10 rebounds against UNF.

 

"We've never had a player everyone is pulling for more than Britt," Fennelly said. "She went from someone we needed to help us a little bit to someone who can dominate."

 

Cyclone junior Megan Ronhovde had 14 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double in three games and the fifth of her career. Junior Lyndsey Medders dished 13 assists and added 10 points for her third career double-double of points and assists and her fourth double-double overall. Medders' single-game total was a tournament record, as was her two-game total of 21 dimes.

 

"That's really something," Fennelly said. "That speaks to your effort and finding ways to help your team."

 

Iowa State never let North Florida into the game, reeling off an 18 unanswered points for a 20-3 lead with13:49 on the clock. Despite eight first-half turnovers, ISU owned a 42-29 halftime advantage over UNF thanks to 45.7 percent shooting and a 31-16 rebounding edge. The Lady Ospreys used an 11-player rotation, getting first-half points from nine different players.

 

Iowa State's threes weren't falling, so the Cyclones took advantage of their height advantage. Wilkins had 19 points in the first half, sinking 8-of-10 field goals. She was a monster on the backboards, too, collecting eight first-half rebounds. Ronhovde shook off her scoring slump from the previous game, posting a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

 

"I normally play on the weak side of the zone, so I was able to get inside and get good position for rebounds," Ronhovde said. "Anything I can do to help us get a win."

 

The second half proved no different, with Iowa State in control. The Cyclones spread out the offense and cleared the bench, getting points from seven of the 10 players dressed for the game. Freshman Rachel Pierson missed her second game of the season with back pain, while sophomore Seirra Dawson was sidelined after elbow surgery a week ago.

 

ISU closed out the game with a 50-38 rebounding advantage and 45.8 percent accuracy from the floor. The Cyclones shot an uncharacteristically chilly 16 percent from behind the arc, sinking only four 3-pointers in the game.

 

ISU limited North Florida to 24.3 percent shooting, including 20 percent accuracy from behind the arc. Alana Mountfield led the Lady Ospreys with 14 points, while Karli Knudsen added 11.

 

 "We learned a lot on this trip," Ronhovde said. "We're going to have to out-work and out-hustle every team we play. It was fun to bounce back, get a win and go home 2-1."

 

Iowa State returns to action in a road match with instate rival Drake Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. It is the first of three games in a week's span.


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