Women’s basketball falls to Iowa State in Big 12 opener

Junior Christianna Carr takes control of the ball as Iowa State freshman Lexi Donarski guards her in the Wildcat's 91-69 loss to the Cyclones on Friday night. (Photo Courtesy of Wesley Winterink | Iowa State Athletics)

The women’s basketball team led by three at half-time, but it was all Iowa State in the second half, as Kansas State dropped their first Big 12 Conference game of the season, 91-69. A second-half meltdown resulted in a lopsided loss.

A 10-0 run in the middle of the third helped the Cyclones put together a massive 26-point third quarter. An even bigger 28 point fourth made it look easy for the Cyclones, handling K-State in what was the second Big 12 matchup of the year for ISU.

In their prior conference game on Dec. 2, Iowa State beat TCU by over 20 points.

The Cyclones knocked down eleven threes in the final two quarters. The team followed up their 3-for-4 three-point mark in the third quarter with an 8-for-12 fourth quarter from deep.

The Wildcats responded to the Cyclones’ 11 second-half three’s with only two of their own and shot 11-of-23 from the field in the second half, measuring under 48 percent while Iowa State shot over 63 percent.

The loss moves both K-State and Iowa State to 5-3 overall on the year.

Sophomore Ayoka Lee put up 20 points — this was her second straight game with 20 or more points. Meanwhile, junior Christianna Carr had 11, going 3-for-6 from three-point land. Redshirt junior Rachel Ranke provided eight points for K-State, as did junior Laura Macke off the bench.

For the Cyclones, freshman Aubrey Joens led the way with 25 points, but freshman Kylie Feuerbach put together an 11-point third quarter to boost Iowa State into a healthy 10-point lead going into the final quarter of play.

Senior Kristin Scott matched Feuerbach with 17 points as well. Scott shot 5-for-6 from beyond the arch.

Iowa State also bested the Wildcats from the free-throw line. The Cyclones knocked down 13 of their 14 free throws, while K-State shot just as many but sank only eight.

K-State hosts No. 22 Texas on Monday night. Texas will come to Manhattan 5-1 overall, with their only loss coming from undefeated Texas A&M, who is ranked in the top 10 nationally.