Christofferson, Mansfield propel Cyclones


Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

Forward Hallie Christofferson moves the ball around a Mizzou opponent in order to make a shot during the game against Missouri on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. Christofferson lead the team in scoring with a score of 18 points.

David Merrill

On a night when senior shooting guard Kelsey Bolte struggled shooting the ball, her supporting cast showed that it can rise to the occasion.

Freshman forward Hallie Christofferson and junior point guard Lauren Mansfield led the Cyclone attack in the 71-56 victory over Missouri.

Christofferson finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Mansfield contributed 14 points and two assists on 5-8 shooting.

Bolte managed to score 12 points, but was just 5-20 from the field, including 0-7 from behind the arc.

“I think we knew that we had to [help her out],” Christofferson said. “We took that as an option for us and really took advantage of that. Everyone helped out tonight.

Christofferson recorded 10 or more points for the ninth time this season. However, it was her first double-digit performance in conference play. Mansfield is now on a three-game double-digit point streak.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton, who was an assistant on Bill Fennelly’s staff from 2000 to 2003, knew that Iowa State has some dynamic assets on its roster.

“On any given night, there is any player on the roster for Iowa State that can go off on you,” Pingeton said. “That’s a credit to [Fennelly] and his staff and the way he recruits. They are all very skilled, very fundamental and they all shoot the ball really well.”

Iowa State (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) held Missouri (10-11, 2-5) to just 19 points in the first half with one of the best first-half performances of the season. The huge lead was due in large part to the Cyclones starting the game on an 8-0 run.

Missouri made a small run toward the end of the game to make the scoreboard look a little less ugly, but was unable to catch up. Chelsea Poppens helped the Cyclones gain a 22-4 advantage on second-chance points with a career-high 19 rebounds.

Iowa State has shown balance in its scoring for the second straight game, both resulting in wins. Fennelly mentioned he has been holding Bolte out of some of the drills they run in practice, forcing the other players to get used to making plays.

Fennelly also believes that the balanced scoring is having a positive effect on the team chemistry and locker room.

“I think it shows that they trust one another and that they can count on each other to contribute,” Fennelly said.