Iowa State wins in overtime against Missouri

Caitlyn Diimig

The Lowdown:

Iowa State advanced its home-game streak to six against Missouri, winning 66-59 on Wednesday.

Despite poor execution in the first half, the Cyclones managed to up the momentum in the second half, but the momentum wasn’t enough to win in regulation play and the game was sent to overtime.

Iowa State was able to stop the team with the worst record in the Big 12 from scoring in overtime. 

Turning point:

Momentum for Iowa State came late in the second half. A 3-pointer by freshman Nikki Moody with seven minutes to go brought Iowa State within three points. 

A foul on junior Chelsea Poppens earned Iowa State an extra point and come within one point with two minutes to go, but the lead was cut down shortly after, when MU senior Christine Flores made a basket from beyond the arc.

Sophomore Hallie Christofferson quickly answered back making a 3 of her own.

A free throw by Poppens tied Iowa State with Missouri with one minute remaining in the game. 

A foul committed against senior Chassidy Cole allowed Iowa State to take the lead for the first time in the game with 45 seconds remaining. 

A 3-pointer by junior Sydney Crafton tied up the game 57-57 with less than three seconds to go, sending the game into overtime. 

Christofferson earned her third 3 of the night helping Iowa State to seal a win against Missouri 66-59. 

X factor:

Junior Chelsea Poppens held her own in the paint against dominating MU post players. She earned her 13th double-double of the year with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

By the numbers:

11 – straight games Iowa State has made at least five 3-pointers

543 – consecutive games Iowa State has a hit a 3-pointer (Streak started Feb. 18, 1995)

9th – Junior Chelsea Poppens’ ranking nationally in rebounds

29 – field goal percentage for Iowa State (17-of-58)

13 – number of double-doubles by Poppens

1-1 – Iowa State’s record in overtime games

Post game chatter:

“Most of it was pretty ugly, but a win is a win.” — Chelsea Poppens on barely winning

“It was definitely more physical. Their post players are really tough. They’re really competitive so we had to hold our ground and it was a tough game.” — Poppens on post players

“In overtime we came together. The last six minutes we kept telling ourselves that we’re not losing at home.” — Hallie Christofferson

Coach Bill Fennelly on Missouri’s losing record:

“We didn’t overlook them, we didn’t take them for granted. That has nothing to do with it. Zero. That’s a diservice to Missouri, their kids, their coaches.”

“We won the game becuse we made just enough plays at the right time.” 

“I think we all probably saw our lives flash before us at times.” 

“Not one of them had their head down on the bench, they were all sitting straight up with their eyes open. To their credit, they kept playing.” — Fennelly on the players

Up next:

The Cyclones take on Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.