Takeaways: 3-point shooting dooms Iowa State in loss to South Dakota


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Sophomore Madison Wise goes up for the layup in the WNIT Semifinals against Auburn in Hilton Coliseum on Nov. 13. The Cyclones won 67-64.

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On Wednesday, the No. 23 ranked Iowa State Cyclones traveled for their first true away game of the season to take on South Dakota. During the game, the Cyclones fell short of a win, losing 64-59 against the Coyotes.

Coming into the game, South Dakota had a record of 5-1.

3-point shooting dooms Iowa State 

On the road, Iowa State’s loss was sealed by the team’s inability to connect from three during the game. South Dakota outshot Iowa State from long range as both teams combined for 62 attempts.

In the end, three point shooting doomed Iowa State as they nor South Dakota were able to establish offense in the paint. Each team had only 14 points in the paint apiece on the night.

South Dakota was able to connect from three at a more efficient clip compared to the Cyclones.

The Coyotes were led by a highly efficient first half where they shot 9-of-18. In contrast, Iowa State shot 4-for-18 which was good for 22.2 percent.

Iowa State combined to shoot 11-for-34 from long range while South Dakota shot 12-for-28, which was good for 42.9 percent.

Wise, not Carleton, leads Iowa State

This season, Bridget Carleton is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds.

Carleton has also been named to watch lists for numerous awards such as the Naismith Trophy watchlist, Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 and the Cheryl Miller Award watchlist for the nation’s top small forward.

On Wednesday, Carleton finished the game with 14 points and three rebounds. Shooting-wise, Carleton was 5-of-19 from the floor and 2-for-10 from three.

While Carleton usually leads the Cyclones in scoring, Madi Wise took over the top spot for the Cyclones against South Dakota. Wise scored a game-high 19 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-7 shooting from the 3-point line.

In addition, Wise was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

So far this season, Wise has been able to carve out a strong role as the secondary scorer in the Cyclones offense.

Iowa State drops its first game of the season

Only days after debuting in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2014, the No. 23 ranked Cyclones dropped their record to 5-1 with the loss.

This Sunday, Iowa State will play Arkansas for a chance to bolster their resume to stay in the Top 25, but in all likelihood Iowa State will drop out of the AP Top 25 when the new poll is announced next Monday.

Prior to the South Dakota game, Carleton, who was on a ranked team for the first time in her career as a Cyclone, said it wasn’t Iowa State’s ranking now which was important, but their ranking come late-February and early March.