Aggies end Cyclone home streak

Kelsey Jacobs

Saturday marked the end of a 19 home-game winning streak for No. 20 Iowa State as it was taken down by No. 6 Texas A&M 60-51.

The last time the Cyclones (13-5, 1-3 Big 12) lost at home was Jan. 9, 2010, against Nebraska. The Aggies (17-1, 5-0) not only ended the Cyclones’ home streak but also won for the first time ever at Hilton Coliseum.

“We knew it would be hard to score on them,” said coach Bill Fennelly. “We had enough opportunities to score, so the pace and the tempo was what we had to do to stay in the game. We’re just struggling to find that third and fourth scorer game in and game out.”

Iowa State, who struggled with slow starts its first three Big 12 match-ups, came to Hilton ready to play the first half.

The Cyclones controlled the pace of the game and kept the Aggies best player, Danielle Adams, to 11 points in the first half. Adams had 34 points against Texas on Wednesday.

“[Adams] never drops a ball, she catches pretty much everything that’s thrown to her,” said guard Kelsey Bolte. “You just have to get positioned and stay behind her and make her go to the middle. She’s great on the outside too.”

Bolte led both teams in scoring the first half, going into halftime with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Lauren Mansfield was the only other significant scorer, as she contributed 7 points.

The Cyclones struggled with turnovers, and the Aggies scored 18 points off turnovers. The Aggies also led the Cyclones 18-10 on points in the paint.

The Aggie defense stiffened in the second half, and the Cyclones weren’t able to score a field goal for the first six minutes of the half.

Ultimately the Cyclones weren’t able to hold on, mostly due to lack of scoring from players other than Mansfield and Bolte, particularly in the post. Mansfield and Bolte ended the game with 13 and 25 points respectively.

“We continue to struggle to score,” Fennelly said. “We were 4 for 18 in the post. Kelsey Bolte is just amazing what she’s been doing for this team, if you think about what she’s been doing without a lot of help.”

The Cyclones will be on the road at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday as they take on Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.