Cyclones trounce Tigers

Dan Tracy

A relentless rebounding effort and a balanced offensive attack were enough to overcome a poor shooting night from leading scorer Kelsey Bolte as Iowa State notched its third Big 12 victory of the season against Missouri, 71-56. The win marks the first back-to-back Big 12 win for Iowa State (15-5 3-3 in Big 12) this season.

The Cyclones started quickly as a pair of three-pointers from Lauren Mansfield and a jumper from Kelsey Bolte gave Iowa State an 8-0 lead to start the game. The Cyclones shot 51.7 percent from the field in the first half as they jumped out to a 39-19 lead at the break. In their last two Big 12 games, the Cyclones have scored a combined 84 first-half points.

Iowa State held off a late run by Missouri (10-11, 2-5 in Big 12) to bring the game to 11 with a minute left to play, but the Cyclones, now 13-0 when leading at halftime, held on despite not making a three-pointer in the second half.

Freshman forward Hallie Christofferson led four Cyclones in double figures with 18 points. Sophomore forward Chelsea Poppens helped the Cyclones outrebound Missouri 45-25 as she snagged a career-high 19 rebounds. Poppens also scored 12 points for her second double-double of the season.

“I don’t know what happened to Chelsea Poppens, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone get 19 rebounds and go after the ball the way she did,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly.

Bolte was held under 20 points for the first time in Big 12 play, ending the night with only 12 points on 5-12 shooting.

“It’s nice to see when your best player doesn’t have her best night we can still score enough, we can guard enough and play well enough to win,” Fennelly said.

The Tigers, coached by former ISU assistant coach Robin Pingeton, were led by Shakara Jones’ 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Cyclones will be back in action Wednesday when they host Oklahoma State. The opening tip for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.