Cyclones come up just short against Texas A&M

Dean Berhow-Goll

The second time around playing No. 14 Texas A&M was much better for the ISU women’s basketball team, but it was not enough to defeat the Aggies (14-5, 5-3 Big 12) in College Station as the Cyclones (11-8 2-6) lost 64-66. 

At halftime Iowa State led 39-35. Those 39 points scored was six better than the 33 points the team scored the entire game against Texas A&M when they came to Ames on Jan. 14. 

Forward Chelsea Poppens led Iowa State with 22 points on nine of 15 shooting and also added nine rebounds. Behind Poppens was Hallie Christofferson with 13 and six rebounds. Freshman Nikki Moody also had 12 points and six rebounds but struggled in the turnover column with eight. 

Again leading the Aggies was Adaora Elonu with 19 points on only 12 shots from the field. Guard Tyra White also added 14 points and eight rebounds. 

At the end of the game with the score tied 64-64, Nikki Moody was trapped in the lane and failed to get a shot off as the shot clock expired. This left seven seconds for the Aggies to try and win the game. 

A&M guard Sydney Carter dribbled up the right side and was fouled by Chelsea Poppens attempting to take a charge. With two seconds on the clock, Carter sank both free throws along with the hearts of the Iowa State fans. 

In a last-ditch effort, a full court pass was intercepted and gave Texas A&M the win 66-64. 

Iowa State will head back to Ames to face Oklahoma State (12-5, 4-4) on Wednesday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.