Huskies lose to Iowa State

With four starters in double-figures and buoyed by 8-13 shooting from their top five players, the Iowa State Cyclones breezed by Washington 79-60 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

The Cyclones are known as great supporters of their team, and with Minneapolis roughly a little more than three hours from Ames, Iowa, this first-round match-up resembled a home game for ISU, and they fed off the partisan crowd. Nicky Wieben led the way for the Cyclones with 18 points, followed by Lyndsay Medders, Alison Lacey and Toccara Ross, who each chipped in 12.

The Huskies were paced by the 19 points of their All-Pac-10 guard Cameo Hicks, while Breanne Watson was the only other UW player to finish in double-figures with 10 points.

Despite the lopsided final score, it appeared as if this game between the No. 6 (ISU) and No. 11 (UW) seeds would be a lot closer. Back-to-back jumpers by the Huskies' Jill Bell put UW up 15-6 early, but the Cyclones used two big runs – one of 12-0 and another of 15-2 – to pull ahead at half, 39-26.

Washington was unable to get consistent stops on their defensive end, and it affected their offense. Until Hicks scored on a layup with 10 seconds left in the first half, their last basket was at the 8:35 mark. During that time, the Cyclones did their damage, out-scoring UW 22-9.

The Huskies finish the year with a record of 18-13, the same record as the men's team. Unlike the men's seventh-place conference finish, however, the women finished Pac-10 play in fourth place.

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