NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma (7-9, 4-7 Big 12) knocked off Iowa State (12-8, 8-5 Big 12), 67-61, in women’s basketball action Tuesday night in Norman, Okla.
Iowa State fell down early and played catch-up for the rest of the game. Oklahoma led by as many as 16 points in the first half and had a 14-point advantage late in the third quarter before the Cyclones tried to stage a comeback.
Ashley Joens scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half to help ISU cut the Sooner lead down to three points multiple times in the fourth quarter. However, Madi Williams answered with multiple big baskets for OU to halt any Cyclone momentum, scoring a game-high 27 points on 13-of-21 shooting.
Ashley Joens also grabbed 10 boards for a 20-point, 10-rebound outing, her ninth double-double of the season. Aubrey Joens added 17 points from off the bench and Emily Ryan had seven points and a team-high seven assists, her 14th 5+ assist game of the season.
ISU shot 38 percent from the field and 26 percent from beyond the arc.
Oklahoma jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the first period. The lid was on the hoop for the Cyclones, as the visitors made just 3-of-20 shots from the floor. Kristin Scott had five of ISU’s eight points in the opening period.
The Sooner lead stretched to 16 points (33-17) midway through the second quarter, but Aubrey Joens gave life to the Cyclones by scoring nine points in an 11-2 ISU run to end the half. Her three triples down the stretch and four in the quarter helped trim the Sooner lead to 35-28 at the break.
The Sooners had a double-digit lead entering the fourth quarter (53-43).
The Cyclones started to chip away at the lead as the Sooners went cold, mounting a 9-2 run to close the gap to 55-52 with 6:05 remaining in the game. Ryan had a lay-in on a drive and a nifty pass to the post for an easy Scott bucket during the run.
Naveah Tot then answered with a big trey for the Sooners to end the run.
Iowa State returns home on Saturday (Feb. 13) to face TCU.