Cyclones wallop Kansas 72-36


Photo: Phuong Thao Nguyen/Iowa State Daily

Forward Hallie Christofferson celebrates a shot on Tuesday, March 1 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones defeated the Jawhawks 72-36.

Dan Tracy

Iowa State gave senior guard Kelsey Bolte a fitting end to her career in Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones scored their third-biggest victory of the season, 72-36 over Kansas. The No. 25 Cyclones (21-8, 9-6 in Big 12) avenged an 86-85 overtime loss against the Jayhawks (19-10, 6-9) and picked up their fourth-straight win on the season.

“A perfect ending to another home season and a great way for Kelsey Bolte to go out,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly.

The Cyclones jumped out to a 19-9 lead to start the game behind 10 points from Bolte and five from sophomore forward Chelsea Poppens. Kansas kept the game close as they cut the margin to 25-20 at the half. The Cyclones are now 19-0 this season when leading at halftime.

The Jayhawks cut the lead to 30-27 with 17:14 remaining in the game before Iowa State’s offense caught on fire. From the 16:51 mark to 6:44, the Cyclones outscored the Jayhawks 36-13 and finished the game making 16 of their last 24 shots.

“Once we got it going it was like the old days when we had more offensive weapons,” Fennelly said. “[This team] is not that kind of team but tonight it was for about six to eight minutes and that was fun to watch and certainly a great way to end our home season.”

Bolte ended the night leading all scorers with 17 points on 7-11 shooting. The sophomore tandem of Poppens and Amanda Zimmerman also scored in double figures with 13 and 11 respectively. Zimmerman’s 11, which tied her season-high, all came during a 3:39 stretch in the second half.

A stiff ISU defense held the Jayhawks to their lowest point total on the season and the lowest of any ISU opponent in Big 12 history. Kansas’ leading scorer Carolyn Davis — who scored 36 points herself on Saturday against Texas — was held to a mere four points on the night. Monica Engelman led all Jayhawks with 13 points.

Iowa State will conclude its regular season when they head to Columbia, Mo., for a 4 p.m. tip against Missouri (12-16, 4-10) on Saturday.