WBB: Iowa State Drops 65-64 Heartbreaker

A valiant second-half comeback fell just short Saturday afternoon in Phog Allen Fieldhouse as Iowa State dropped a 65-64 heartbreaker at Kansas.

A valiant second-half comeback fell just short Saturday afternoon in Phog Allen Fieldhouse as Iowa State dropped a 65-64 heartbreaker at Kansas.

Iowa State (12-8, 3-6 Big 12) scored 17 consecutive points as part of a 26-5 run over 10 minutes, changing a 48-29 Jayhawk advantage into a 55-53 Cyclone lead. Lisa Bildeaux's three-pointer with just under seven minutes to play gave ISU its first lead since the 12-minute mark of the first half.

Kansas (14-6, 3-6 Big 12) reeled off seven quick points to take a 64-58 lead before ISU clawed back to tie the game at 64-64 on a Brittany Wilkins layup with 15.8 seconds remaining.

KU point guard Erica Hallman made one-of-two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to give KU a tenuous one-point lead. Hallman missed her second free throw, and Iowa State grabbed the rebound and quickly called timeout. Bildeaux's long inbound pass was tipped in the air at ISU's free-throw line, and no Cyclone could control the ball for a final shot before the horn sounded.

"The last 18 minutes, our kids played the way that Iowa State teams are supposed to play," said ISU head coach Bill Fennelly. "When you're on the road, down 19 points, your point guard isn't playing, and you have a chance to win it at the end -- that says a lot about your players."

Wilkins led all scorers with 20 points, including 12 in the second half. She grabbed 12 rebounds, recording her ninth double-double of the season and 12th of her career. Wilkins made all 10 of her free-throw attempts. Her defensive play was stellar also, as she recorded a career-high six blocked shots along with two steals.

"I thought I had the ball, and it got knocked away," Wilkins said in regard to the last play of the game. "I should have caught it."

Megan Ronhovde scored 12 points in ISU's run, including three three-pointers. Ronhovde finished with 18 points on the afternoon. Bildeaux notched a season-high 14 points, providing a much-needed spark off the ISU bench. Freshman guard Heather Ezell matched a career high set Wednesday night at Nebraska with seven assists.

The Cyclones led 15-13 midway through the first half, but struggled from the field late, not making a shot in the final 3:30. Kansas finished the half on a 12-6 run, extending their lead to 13 points at the intermission.

ISU, without junior point guard Lyndsey Medders for the second-straight game due to an injury sustained Jan. 29, has now lost four consecutive conference games for the first time since January 1997.

"To the players' credit, they didn't panic," Fennelly said. "That's not about coaching or game planning. It's about the people you have. We'll build off of this."

Iowa State returns home Wednesday, playing host to Missouri. Tip-off in Hilton Coliseum is at 7 p.m.


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