ISU WBB Snaps Stillwater Losing Skid with Win

Iowa State evened its Big 12 record at 1-1 with a 71-62 win over Oklahoma State, the Cyclones' first win in Stillwater in their last three tries. ISU saw a 17-point lead evaporate in the second half and used free throws to win the game.

Iowa State evened its Big 12 record at 1-1 with a 71-62 win over Oklahoma State, the Cyclones' first win in Stillwater in their last three tries. ISU saw a 17-point lead evaporate in the second half and used free throws to win the game.

"All things considered, it was a really good effort by our team," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "There were a lot of things we could have done better, but the last four minutes we really guarded well."

Iowa State (10-3) got the first points of the game and held a lead the entire half, but just when the Cyclones would extend their lead to double digits, the Cowgirls would make a comeback bid. OSU (6-7) narrowed the gap to get within at least five points twice. ISU got a 3-pointer from senior Brittany Wilkins, sank four free throws and Medders hit a driving layup to close out the final 1:13 of the half.

"It seemed like we got ahead fairly quickly, and then we lost it quickly," Fennelly said.

Iowa State owned a 44-32 halftime lead thanks to 12-of-14 free-throw shooting and creative lineups as a result of foul trouble. Wilkins had 19 points in the first stanza, while Lyndsey Medders and Lisa Bildeaux added 10 each. The Cyclones hit 48.3 percent of their first-half shots, but had seven turnovers at the break. Oklahoma State converted on 36.7 percent of its field goals, led by Taylor Hardeman's 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting behind the arc.

The Cyclones came out shooting after the half, extending their lead by as much as 17 points. Once again, a Cowgirl comeback, coupled with costly turnovers and cold shooting allowed OSU to pull within a point (59-58) with just 5:02 on the clock. Iowa State hit just 2-of-9 shots and committed five turnovers in that nine-minute span.

ISU regrouped and put together a solid defensive effort over the final minutes, while sinking 5-of-6 charity shots. Heather Ezell and Medders each buried 3-pointers in the final three minutes to keep Oklahoma State's comeback bid at bay.

"We didn't shoot too good, but we hit some big ones," Fennelly said. "The shots we hit down the stretch were fairly big."

The Cyclones finished the game with 40.7 percent shooting accuracy and 16 turnovers. Oklahoma State ended up with a 40-36 rebounding edge after owning a four-board deficit at the break. OSU shot 35.9 percent and was led by Hardeman's career-best 20 points.

Wilkins finished with a game-high 22 points, while Medders and Bildeaux added 18 and 12, respectively. Megan Ronhovde pulled down 10 rebounds, her fifth double-digit rebounding effort of the season.

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