LUBBOCK, Texas – Senior Bridget Carletonconnected on a game-winning layup with 3.1 seconds left to lead No. 20 Iowa State (21-7, 11-5 Big 12) past Texas Tech (12-15, 3-13 Big 12), 64-62, on Tuesday night. Carleton scored all 27 of her points in the second half, including 15 in the fourth quarter to lead the Cyclones back from a double-digit deficit.
The come-from-behind victory was the 500th win of Bill Fennelly‘s historic tenure as Iowa State’s head coach.
How It Happened
The Cyclone offense struggled to find its footing in the early going at United Supermarkets Arena. Shooting just 25 percent in the first half, including 3-of-17 on two-point attempts, ISU found itself in a low-scoring, back-and-forth battle in the first half.
The Red Raiders put together an 8-0 flurry late in the opening half, book-ended by two pairs of free throws by Angel Hayden to take a 28-21 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Madison Wise led the way with six first-half points on a pair of 3-pointers, while sophomore Kristin Scott put up five points and five rebounds in 11 minutes of action before the intermission.
Carleton, who was held scoreless in the first 20 minutes, set the tone early in the third quarter, scoring five points in the first minute of the second half, forcing a TTU timeout. Carleton scored Iowa State’s first 12 points of the half, including a pair of triples, as the Cyclones slowly whittled down the Texas Tech lead. However, the Red Raiders answered with a 7-0 run to close the third period, extending the lead back to 10 at 45-35.
Carleton continued to lead the comeback effort, scoring 15 in the fourth quarter, but Texas Tech seemed to repel every ISU surge. The Red Raiders maintained a 62-55 lead with just 1:41 to play, until Carleton knocked down a pair of free throws to start a 9-0 Cyclone run.
Scott made it a two-point game on the ensuing possession, splashing home a triple to make it a 62-60 deficit with 1:21 to play. Carleton/ then knotted the contest with a jumper in the paint with just 37 second remaining.
On the following defensive possession, Carleton blocked Zuri Sanders’ shot and collected the rebound, allowing Iowa State to call for a timeout with eight ticks remaining. Carleton drove to the basket for the game-winning layup with three seconds remaining to send the Cyclones back to Ames with a victory.
Players of Note
Carleton scored all 27 of her points in the second half to lead the Cyclones. Carleton, who had 15 points in the fourth quarter, recorded her 38th career game of 20 or more points. She also had 11 rebounds and four assists.
Kristin Scott also made a solid contribution, joining Carleton in double-figures with 10 points, seven rebounds and a block on the night. Scott knocked down a critical 3-pointer with less than 90 seconds remaining to cut TTU’s lead to 62-60.
*Tuesday’s win was Bill Fennelly‘s 500th as Iowa State’s head coach.
*ISU’s NCAA record 3-point streak extended to 763 games.
*Carleton is now 6th in ISU history in 3-point makes with 242.
*Carleton is now 9th in career rebounds with 800.
*It was ISU’s 10th game this season with 10+ 3-point makes.
Iowa State travels to Texas on Saturday to take on the Longhorns at 7 p.m.