AMES, Iowa- No. 13 Iowa State (26-9, 13-5 Big 12) fell to Missouri State (25-9, 16-2 MVC) 69-60 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.
How It Happened
Missouri State held the lead for much of the game. In the fourth quarter though, the Cyclones and Hilton Magic came alive, cutting the Lady Bear lead to just one point on three different occasions. MSU held off ISU’s late comeback efforts, hitting their free throws down the stretch to push past the Cyclones.
Iowa State, which has been a great three point shooting team this season, struggled to get the long ball going in this contest. The Cyclones hit on just 2-17 attempts from deep. ISU did connect on 16-19 free throw attempts to make up for their lack of three-point production.
In the third quarter, Missouri State built its lead to as large as 11. That was until Bridget Carleton hit a jumper at the 4:23 mark that spurred an Iowa State 9-0 run in which they held the Lady Bears scoreless for over three minutes. At the end of the third, MSU lead ISU 49-45.
At the half, the Cyclones trailed the Lady Bears 33-30. ISU shot just 1-6 from three in the first half, but connected on 7-8 free throw attempts.
It was a slow start to the game for the Cyclones. In the first quarter, the Cardinal and Gold shot just 5-15 from the field and 0-3 from deep. Carleton went 6-6 from the charity stripe, tallying 10 first-quarter points and the Cyclones trailed by just one at the end of the first quarter.
Players of Note
Bridget Carleton closes out her Iowa State career with an incredible individual performance. She finished the game with 31 points on 10-16 shooting and eight rebounds. She was a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe as well.
Alexa Middleton was a facilitator for the Cyclone offense. She churned out five assists and scored nine points on the evening.
Bridget Carleton closes her Iowa State women’s basketball career as one of the most decorated Cyclones in school history. She finishes as Iowa State’s second-leading scorer (2,142) and ends her career ranked in the top-five in ISU history in blocked shots (128, 3rd), field goals made (712, 3rd), steals (211, 3rd), 3-pointers made (255, (will be 5th). Carleton became the first Cyclone ever to earn the Big 12 Player of the Year award, and just the third Cyclone to earn second-team All-America honors. Her 2018-19 season will go down as the greatest single-season in Iowa State history, as she set school records in points cored (760), scoring average (21.7) and finished the season ranked in the top-10 in nearly every statistical category.
Meredith Burkhall closes her four-year ISU career with 861 points, 549 rebounds, 76 blocks and 56 steals. The Urbandale, Iowa native started in 86 games for Iowa State. She was also named to the Academic All-Big 12 team twice in her career.
Alexa Middleton’s Iowa State career comes to a close, as she joined the Cyclones for her final year of eligibility. Middleton provided a much-needed spark for the Cyclones, running point for the 13th-ranked Cyclones. As a Cyclone, she scored 354 points and dished a team-high 175 assists. On the season, she averaged 10.1 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.