FINAL: Oklahoma State 67, Iowa State 57


Junior guard Nikki MoodyCQ attempts a jump shot during Iowa State’s 67-57 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on March 8 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. 

Maddy Arnold

OKLAHOMA CITY — The ISU women’s basketball team (20-10, 9-9 Big 12) fell to No. 4 seed Oklahoma State (23-7, 11-7 Big 12) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. The No. 5 seed Cyclones lost 67-57 on March 8.

Iowa State started the game with a 3-pointer by junior guard Nikki Moody on its first possession. The basket would start the Cyclones’ 12-2 run before the Cowgirls went on a 12-0 run of their own.

The Cyclones eventually went into the locker room at half up 37-30 after making 6-of-13 3-pointers. But that lead would not last long as Oklahoma State started the second half with yet another run.

The Cowgirls led 39-37 before the Cyclones could score another point. Iowa State struggled with turnovers throughout the game. It had 16 compared to Oklahoma State’s 10 turnovers.

The Cowgirls went on to outscore the Cyclones 37-20 in the second half. After making six 3-pointers in the first half, Iowa State was only able to score one in the second.

Oklahoma State will move on to play either No. 1 seed Baylor or No. 8 seed Kansas 1 p.m. March 9.

Turning point — With less than eight minutes left, Oklahoma State led 53-52. Kendra Suttles blocked a 3-pointer attempt by ISU freshman guard Seanna Johnson.

Brittney Martin would go on to score a jumper for Oklahoma State. That basket would start an 8-2 run for the Cowgirls that put the game out of reach for the Cyclones.

X-factor — Brittney Martin had a double-double in the game against Iowa State. She scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds for the Cowgirls. She added another four assists and three steals in her 37 minutes of play.

By the numbers 

46 — Iowa State’s shooting percentage from both the field and 3-point range in the first half. At halftime, the Cyclones were 12-of-26 on field goals.

8 — Iowa State’s 3-point shooting percentage in the second half. The Cyclones scored only one 3-pointer in the second half after marking six in the first. They went 1-of-12 from beyond the arc. 

5 — number of OSU players who scored in double-digits. Four of Oklahoma State’s starters had 10 or more points. Suttles added another 11 off the bench for the Cowgirls.

52 — Oklahoma State’s shooting percentage in the second half. The Cowgirls went 13-of-25 from the field.