"We put them on the free throw line way too many times," head coach Lisa Stone said. "We had way too many fouls, and we have to address that. But the loss really boils down to us losing momentum in the last seven minutes of the first half."
Wisconsin had a 13-5 lead to start the game but the Cyclones pulled ahead throughout the period and, thanks to Badger offensive woes, went on a 16-0 run over a six-minute, 47-second span late in the opening stanza. Junior forward Annie Nelson, who tied with Wilson for a team-high 13 points, ended the streak with a field goal with 18 seconds left in the half. Nevertheless, Wisconsin entered the locker room down 41-32
The Badgers fared no better in the second half, allowing ISU to go on an 8-4 run and then a 12-3 run. Although the Cyclones sank only one basket in the final seven minutes of the game, they made 17 of 20 free throws, highlighting Wisconsin's foul woes.
"I thought we had a terrific start to the game and a terrific game plan," Stone said. "We just didn't have enough fire power to close the game, and it was too little, too late for us, and lots and lots of free throws for them."
Iowa State, particularly senior forward Katie Robinette, was simply too much for Wisconsin to handle. The Badgers could not contain Robinette, who had a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds. The Cyclones were 28 of 56 shooting, while the Badgers sank 28 of 65 shots.
In addition, Wisconsin freshman guard Jolene Anderson, who averaged 16.5 points per game prior to Sunday's trouncing, was held to just two points on 1 of 11 shooting, although she had a team-high seven assists. Nelson added eight rebounds in her 30 minutes, while senior guard Stephanie Rich and Banks each added 10 points.
Iowa State outrebounded the Badgers 40-30 and scored 25 points off 17 UW turnovers.