WBASKETBALL: Cyclones blitz Gophers early, hold on late

Matt Gubbels

The ISU women’s basketball team used two big first half runs to take down Minnesota 58-42 Sunday.

The Cyclones (8-2) picked up their third straight win and avenged last year’s lost to the Gophers (8-3) in Minnesota.

Sophomore Kelsey Bolte led Iowa State with 15 points and seven rebounds, while senior Amanda Nisleit had 14. Both players hit a trio of 3-pointers and figured prominently in the two first half runs.

With the score tied at 10-10, the Cyclones went on 14-2 run in which Nisleit hit two threes and scored eight points.

After Emily Fox, who had a game-high 19 points, hit a three to cut the Cyclone lead to 24-15, Bolte hit two jumpers that jump-started a 14-0 run that put Iowa State up 38-15.

Minnesota was able to draw within 45-33 after another Fox three but would get no closer. Bolte responded with a three and sophomore Alison Lacey had a pair of buckets in a 7-0 run to put the game out of reach.

The Cyclones have eight days off before they play Niagara on December 29 in the opening round of the Cyclone Challenge.