ISU WBB Loses Heartbreaker to Kansas

Iowa State was on the wrong side of a low-scoring game, losing its second consecutive game to Kansas by a single point. The Cyclones, who rallied from a 19-point deficit to come up just short in a 65-64 decision at Kansas Feb. 4, lost a 57-56 heartbreaker in overtime at Hilton Coliseum Saturday.

Iowa State was on the wrong side of a low-scoring game, losing its second consecutive game to Kansas by a single point. The Cyclones, who rallied from a 19-point deficit to come up just short in a 65-64 decision at Kansas Feb. 4, lost a 57-56 heartbreaker in overtime at Hilton Coliseum Saturday.

"When you don't make shots, it's impossible to win games," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "We had a lot of opportunities, but we just couldn't string together two shots in a row and make them."

ISU senior Brittany Wilkins had 18 points to lead the Cyclones, but played just 25 minutes due to foul trouble. She sank 8-of-10 field goals, with one of those misses from behind the 3-point line. Cyclone sophomore Lisa Bildeaux recorded her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Nicky Wieben chipped in 14 points.

Iowa State (15-9, 6-7) jumped out on top, scoring four unanswered points. In a defensive battle, both teams stalled offensively for just over five minutes with ISU in the lead 8-4. KU senior Crystal Kemp hit a jumper at 7:40 to break the stalemate and pull within four (10-6), but the Jayhawks would get no closer the rest of the half. Iowa State, which led by as much as 10 twice, owned a 24-18 advantage at the break.

"Early in the game, I thought we defended great," Fennelly said. "We guarded hard, did the right things and we contested."

Kansas (15-9, 4-9) started the second-half scoring and battled back to take the lead (31-30) with 14:14 on the clock. Iowa State would tie it up at 38-38 with 8:13, but KU hit four straight baskets to take the lead. Iowa State missed three 3-point tries, but Heather Ezell sank a pair of free throws to pull within three (50-47) at 1:23. With 29 seconds to play, ISU's Megan Ronhovde stole the ball from KU's Erica Hallman and the Cyclone offense ran the clock down to nine seconds before Lyndsey Medders shook her defender and stepped back off the line to sink a game-tying trey. KU's Sharita Smith launched a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer that fell short and Iowa State was headed into its first overtime game of the season.

Kansas got a 3-pointer from Hallman on its first overtime possession, but ISU answered with a Nicky Weiben layup. KU missed its next six shots, allowing Iowa State to pull ahead 56-53 with 2:44 left. Then the Cyclones went cold, missing their last three shots, including a fall-away jumper by Medders at the buzzer that could have won the game. Kemp's basket with six seconds left proved to be the game-winner.

Iowa State shot 36.5 percent from the floor, but was a frigid 13 percent from behind the arc. The Cyclones missed just one free throw, but were only sent to the line eight times. Kansas knocked down 35.3 percent of its shots and outrebounded ISU 43-40. Hallman had 18 points to lead KU, while Kemp and Marija Zinic added 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Iowa State travels to Missouri on Wednesday for the first of two consecutive road games. The Cyclones return home March 2 for a matchup with Colorado to end regular-season action.


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