Cyclones overcome slow start, knock off Michigan 60-47


Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

Guard Kelsey Bolte drives the ball down the court during the Iowa State — Michigan game Sunday. Bolte lead the team in scoring with a total of 20 points.

Kelsey Jacobs

Iowa State’s trip to the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands over Thanksgiving wasn’t enough to keep the team warm as it returned to Hilton Coliseum on Sunday.

The No. 19 Cyclones were ice cold shooting the ball for most of their matchup against the Michigan Wolverines, but they managed to heat up in the second half to take the win 60-47.

Part of the problem for the Cyclones was the Michigan defense that kept Iowa State off balance. The Wolverines forced Cyclone players to take bad shots and run down the shot clock.

“It was a little bit [hard to get in a flow],” said senior Kelsey Bolte. “I thought it was a little bit quiet. It wasn’t the fans, but the team was quiet and we were kind of slow paced.”

Not only was the Cyclone offense in slow motion, but Michigan’s motion offense also proved to be effective. Motion offense was something the Cyclones prepared for this week, changing their defense to prepare for the Wolverine 3-point shooters.

“We wanted to take away the 3-point shot, that was number one,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly. “We gave up a couple driving layups to the basket and everyone was groaning, but we were not going to let them kick for a three.”

The team traded Michigan’s 3-pointers for twos, and Iowa State ended with 30 points from outside the arc to the Wolverines’ nine. Despite Iowa State’s success at defending the arc, cold Cyclone shooting sent them into the locker room at halftime with only a two-point lead.

During the second half, the Cyclone defense stiffened, keeping the Wolverines from getting second chances. Iowa State kept Michigan to just four offensive rebounds, as opposed to 14 from the Cyclones.

“When [Chelsea] Poppens and [Chassidy] Cole got those offensive rebounds in the second half, that was huge,” Bolte said. “That brought tons of momentum to our team. I really think that was the turning point where we put our foot down and said we were going to step it up.”

Adding to the Cyclone momentum in the second half was Bolte herself. She had back-to-back 3-pointers late in the game. Lauren Mansfield and Anna Prins also chipped in a 3-pointer apiece that cemented Iowa State’s lead.

Bolte ended the game with 20 points, despite shooting just 35 percent. Bolte’s percentage mirrored Iowa State’s percentage, as it ended the match-up at 32.2 percent.

Although the Cyclones were shooting cold for most of the game, it was their defense that put the mark in their win column.

Helping out were Bolte and Prins, who dished out the defensive rebounds with five apiece, and Poppens contributed six, with a team total of 29. The defense paid off for the Cyclones, as they held the Wolverines to just 38 percent from the field.

“We held a team to 47 who got 91 on Wednesday,” Fennelly said. “We’ll take that.”

Iowa State will meet rival Iowa in Iowa City at 7 p.m. Thursday.