Iowa State earned a season sweep of its instate foes with a 61-54 win over Northern Iowa in the first game of the Mediacom Cylcone Capital Classic double-header Saturday night. ISU overcame an ice-cold shooting performance in the opening minutes to capture a win in the first-ever women's basketball game to be played at Wells Fargo Arena.
IowaState earned a season sweep of its
instate foes with a 61-54 win over Northern Iowa in the
first game of the Mediacom Cylcone Capital Classic double-header Saturday night.
ISU overcame an ice-cold shooting performance in the opening minutes to capture
a win in the first-ever women's basketball game to be played at Wells Fargo
"Believe it or not, I'm happy," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "The
bottom line is that we're 6-1 and we won all of our instate games."
IowaState (6-1) missed its first 11 shots
of the game, spotting Northern Iowa (5-2) seven points
before finally getting a basket at from Megan Ronhovde. The Cyclones went on a 12-2
scoring run over the next three minutes to go ahead 12-9, their first lead of
Northern Iowa got a 3-pointer from
Sarah Larsen on the next possession to tie it up, but ISU closed out the half by
outscoring the Panthers 11-5 for a 23-17 lead at the break. Neither team shot
well, with IowaState sinking 28.1 percent and UNI
hitting 21.4 percent from the floor.
"The way it started was scary," Fennelly said. "Sometimes you've got to
find a way to get it done and we did."
IowaState hit three of its first four
baskets to start the second half, stretching its lead by as much as 15 points
with left on the clock. The
Panther whittled away at the margin, thanks to five consecutive 3-pointers from
the duo of Sarah Larsen and Tara King. UNI narrowed the gap to 56-54 with 28
seconds remaining, but ISU iced the game with free throws from Brittany Wilkins
and Heather Ezell.
ISU shot 46.4 percent from the floor in the second half to pull its
shooting performance to 36.7 percent for the game. The Cyclones had better aim
from behind the arc, sinking 46.2 percent of its 3-pointers on 6-of-13 shooting.
ISU limited the Panthers to 33.3 percent shooting and outrebounded UNI
The difference was at the free throw line with
IowaState converting on 11-of-14 free
throws, while the Panthers hit 4-of-6. The Cyclones used just six players for
the second time this season, getting a career-best 10 rebounds from Lisa
Bildeaux off the bench. Wilkins turned in her third double-double of the season
with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Megan Ronhovde's 12 rebounds marked her
fourth game this season with double-figure caroms.
ISU's Lyndsey Medders scored a game-high 24 points while dishing seven
assists. Larsen led UNI with 19 points, hitting 5-of-8 treys. The Panthers' 6-7
Cassie Hager finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.