Clones Cruise Past Kansas for First Big 12 Win
By: Taylor Mankle
Ames, IA. – Everything seemed to go right for the cardinal and gold for their first Big 12 win of the season, as the Cyclones (10-5, 1-3 Big 12) walloped the Kansas Jayhawks (6-9, 0-4 Big 12) 87-58 in Hilton Coliseum on Sunday.
It was the perfect storm of overwhelming offensive production and defensive productivity as Iowa State netted 10 3-pointers and held KU to just 33.9 percent from the field.
Story of the Game:
Things started slow for both sides as the first quarter only accumulated 22 total points (18-4 in favor of ISU), with ISU going on a 14-0 to end the quarter with full-momentum. The Cyclone defense forced 10 turnovers and held the Jayhawks to 1-10 shooting, with Seanna Johnson and Jadda Buckley leading the charge on the offensive end Iowa State was looking good pushing on into the second.
The shooting did not slow an ounce in period number two as the clones shot 56.3 percent from the field with three 3-pointers throw in. Toss in seven more forced turnovers against Kansas and Iowa State grew their lead to 24 at the halftime break.
Coming out of the intermission, Iowa State looked sluggish to start with some unforced turnovers that gave Kansas a breath of life. However, it was short lived as Heather Bowe, who finished the game with 16 points in 23 minutes, and Emily Durr, who finished with 14 points, both caught fire to stoke the Cyclones increasing lead.
In the fourth, the reserves saw the majority of the time with Iowa State in full command of this Big 12 home victory. FINAL: 87-58.
The Cyclones stay home to face off against the Sooners of Oklahoma on Wednesday at 7 P.M., you can listen on the KURE Sportscast starting at 6:30 P.M. – kure885.org/sports.