CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Iowa State (1-1) fell 57-53 in its first road challenge of the season at UNI (1-1) on Tuesday. The Cyclones rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter behind a scrappy defensive effort, but struggled from the field and connected on just 19-of-53 attempts (35.8 percent) from the field in the loss.
Junior guard Bridget Carleton led the way with a game-high 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Carleton was following in the scoring by Nia Washington (8 points) and Kristin Scott (7 points), who both came off the bench to provide Iowa State a lift.
How It Happened
The Cyclones struggled to find a rhythm offensively in a back-and-forth opening half. After jumping out to a 12-8 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Bride Kennedy-Hopoate and Scott, Iowa State went 6-of-20 from the field over the final 15 minutes of the half. A 3-of-12 second quarter turned a 15-15 halftime tie into a 28-23 lead for the Panthers at the intermission.
With Carleton pacing ISU with six points, three rebounds and two assists, the Cyclones did their part to lock down defensively, holding UNI to 34 percent (10-of-29) shooting and forced five turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
UNI maintained its lead throughout the third quarter despite eight points from Carleton on 3-of-5 shooting, and four from freshman Madison Wise. The Cyclones, facing a 40-36 deficit with 10 minutes to play, quickly cut UNI’s advantage to 41-40 on a Nia Washington triple with 8:31 left on the clock.
The Panthers then reeled off an 8-0 run that would prove to be a deciding factor, giving UNI its largest lead at 49-40 with 6:48 to play. The Cyclones clawed back down the stretch, narrowing the deficit to 55-53 on a bucket by Scott with 49 seconds to play. Iowa State re-gained possession with a chance to tie or take the lead, but Carleton’s jumper with three seconds to play would not fall, and UNI prevailed 57-53.
Players of Note
Bridget Carleton led the Iowa State effort with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting. She pulled down seven boards, tied for the team-high, and also dished out five of Iowa State’s eight assists.
Kristin Scott scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and had two blocks in 30 minutes of action. It was the second-straight game the freshman paced the Cyclones in rebounds and blocks.
Nia Washington was a bright spot with eight points, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. She was the lone Cyclone with multiple 3-point baskets.
UNI was paced by 17 points from both Ellie Howell and Kennedy Kirkpatrick.
Iowa State returns home to face UMKC on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum