DES MOINES, Iowa – A four-quarter rally from 17-down came up just short as Iowa State (1-1) fell to Drake (2-0) 86-81 Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center.
The Cyclones found themselves in a 57-40 hole halfway through the third quarter, but were able to rally within a single point on two occasions, but never take the final step to get ahead.
Leading the way was Kristin Scott, who recorded 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers and a 15-point fourth-quarter effort. Ashley Joens had 18 points, 16 in the second half, nine rebounds and five assists, while Rae Johnson had 10 points and six assists.
How It Happened
The Iowa State offense was outstanding, hitting eight of its 12 first-quarter shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, to amass a lead of as many as eight points at 21-13 on a Jade Thurmon floater. However, the home Bulldogs were able to four 3-pointers of their own to cut the visitors’ lead down to four points at the end of the first.
Drake was able to maintain the momentum into the second quarter, as the Bulldogs moved ahead 28-26 on a Maggie Negaard 3-pointer, and eventually got ahead five, 33-28, on a Sara Rhine lay-in. Foul trouble started to become a concern for both teams, as Adriana Camber, Inès Nezerwa and Madison Wise all reached two fouls, while three Bulldogs joined them with two fouls. Drake was able to ride it out, bringing a five-point lead into the locker room at 39-34.
The Bulldogs continued to pile it in from deep, as four 3-pointers on five attempts to open the second half brought their lead to double figures at 57-40. The pace picked up late in the quarter, which ISU was able to take advantage of to whittle away at the Drake lead, getting it down to single digits via a 10-point quarter from Ashley Joens.
Joens’ put-back to open the fourth cut the Drake lead to six at 64-58, and were about to narrow it further to a single point via a five-point run by Kristen Scott down to 70-69. Joens cut the Drake lead down to one again at 76-75, but the Bulldogs offense got back-to-back buckets from Rhine and Brenni Rose to get ahead again by six and for good. Scott hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to help keep the Cyclones in the hunt.
Players of Note
Kristin Scott played only 21 minutes on Sunday, but was able to make them count. The junior notched 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Fifteen of Scott’s 22 came in the fourth quarter.
Ashley Joens followed up her 23-point outing against Southern with 18 points and nine rebounds against the Bulldogs on Sunday. Joens got 16 of her 18 in the second half.
Rae Johnson did a little bit of everything in her career-high 34 minutes on Sunday. The sophomore recorded 10 points while also dishing out a team-high six assists and three rebounds.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum next Tuesday, Nov. 19, to host Texas Southern. Tip between the Cyclones and Tigers will be at 11 a.m.