FINAL: Iowa State 81, Texas 64

Maddy Arnold

The lowdown

The ISU women’s basketball team (18-8, 7-8 Big 12) defeated Texas (17-10, 8-7 Big 12) 81-64 on Saturday night. Six Cyclones scored double-digit points against the Longhorns.

It was a game of runs when Texas started the game with seven-straight points. Iowa State responded with a 15-2 run of its own. The Cyclones went into the locker room up 28-26 at halftime.

In the second half, the first 13 minutes were back and forth until Iowa State began a 13-0 run. The Cyclones would go on to out score the Longhorn 53-38 in the second half.

Turning point

With 7:20 remaining in the second half, Iowa State and Texas were tied 51-51. The Cyclones would go on a 13-0 run which started with a layup by junior guard Nikki Moody.

After senior forward Hallie Christofferson extended Iowa State’s lead to 10 points with a layup, Moody stole Texas’ inbound pass. Moody was then fouled on a successful layup and made her free throw shot to put Iowa State on top 64-51.

The Cyclones would go on to out score the Longhorns 17-13 in the final four minutes and led by as much as 17 points.


Christofferson earned a double-double against Texas after scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. She has had 15 20-point games this season.

Christofferson went 4-of-15 from the field but made 11-of-12 free throws. She has shot almost 90 percent from the free-throw line this season.

By the numbers

6 — number of ISU players who scored double-digit points. All five of Iowa State’s starters had 10 or more points and sophomore guard Nicole “Kidd” Blaskowsky added another 11 off the bench.

3 — number of turnovers Iowa State had at halftime. The Cyclones finished the game with just six turnovers while Texas had 15 on the night.

44.4 — Texas’ free throw shooting percentage. The Longhorns would only make 4-of-9 free throw shots on the night.

13,187 — attendance at Hilton. Saturday was the seventh-most attended women’s basketball game in school history.