Cyclone women lose conference opener on road

Caitlyn Diimig

Iowa State ended its five game streak on Wednesday night when it lost to Oklahoma 80-51 in its first conference game of the year.

The Cyclones (11-3, 0-1 Big 12) showed promise early in the first half with a seven-point run, but the Lady Sooners (11-3, 1-0) responded with a 15-point run to go up 27-18.

The Sooners’ junior Joanna McFarland scored 14 points, outscoring the Cyclones’ leading scorer junior Chelsea Poppens, who scored seven in the first half.

Oklahoma continued out scoring Iowa State and ended the first half 33-20.

The Lady Sooners were all smiles holding on to their lead throughout the second half to pull away with the victory.

Sophomore Aaryn Ellenberg led Oklahoma with 21 points. McFarland ended the game scoring 19 points and Freshman DeShawn Harden took charge in the second half scoring 14 as well.

Three OU players outshot the Cyclones’ top scorer Poppens, who ended the game with 12 points and was unable to notch a seventh double-double of the season.

Junior Anna Prins scored 11 points and senior Chassidy Cole scored 10 for the Cyclones.

Oklahoma was able to score 22 points off Cyclone turnovers while Iowa State only scored 14 points off turnovers.

Ability to drain 3-pointers made the difference in the game. Iowa State only made 26 percent of its attempted 3-pointers, while the Sooners were 61 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Iowa State was only able to shine in free throws where it shot 69 percent.

The Cyclones will play top-ranked Baylor in Hilton on Saturday.