Iowa State continues road game struggles, loses to Texas Tech

David Merrill

Iowa State saw its road struggles continue as it fell to Texas Tech in Lubbock on Wednesday. The loss drops the Cyclones (17-8, 5-6 Big 12) to 2-6 on the road.

Kierra Mallard led the Lady Raiders with 19 points and nine rebounds. All of her 19 points came in the first half. TTU point guard Christine Hyde finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Shooting guard Casey Morris added 11 points and five assists.

The Cyclones struggled offensively for the majority of the game. Sophomore forward Chelsea Poppens finished with 11 points and four rebounds while sophomore center Anna Prins scored 12 points and grabbed three boards.

Senior shooting guard Kelsey Bolte finished with five points and shot 1-8 from the field. The Cyclones shot 17-44 from the field and 11-17 from the line. 

Iowa State was down by 19 points at one point in the second half, but battled back to within five with 8:22 remaining in the second half, before Texas Tech pulled away again.

Coach Bill Fennelly wasn’t happy with his team’s performance, calling it the their second worst performance of the season behind the loss to Colorado.

“They did a great job of pressuring us on the perimeter and keeping us from getting into our offense,” Fennelly told 1430 KASI after the loss. “It was one of those times where they punched us in the mouth and we didn’t handle it very well.”