Defense carries Iowa State to 73-39 exhibition win over Winona State


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Senior Bridget Carleton looks for a teammate to pass to during the game against the Winona State Warriors at Hilton Coliseum on Nov. 4. The Cyclones won 73-39.

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In an exhibition game against Winona State, Iowa State won 73-39 behind a stifling defense.

In the first half, Iowa State’s defense held Winona State to 27 points, while Iowa State scored 45 of its own.

From the field, Winona State was shooting a better percentage than Iowa State, 57.9 percent to 47.4 percent, but Iowa State had 38 shot attempts to Winona State’s 19.

During the half, Winona State turned the ball over on 44.1 percent of its possessions for a total of 15 turnovers.

Iowa State turned the ball over on 2.8 percent of its possessions with one turnover.

Off Winona State’s turnovers, Iowa State scored 20 of its first half points.

Iowa State was able to bring defensive pressure by playing a full court press for the first quarter and a majority of the second.

With the press on, Winona State had several turnovers where it wasn’t able to get the ball across the mid court line in ten seconds, resulting in a turnover.

Coach Bill Fennelly said the team will continue to use the press to help control the tempo of the game in the future.

Even if the team doesn’t get the turnover, Fennelly said the team will then have to defend in the half court for around 22 seconds.

“Hopefully when the time’s right, against the right opponent, we can throw the [press] out there,” Fennelly said.

If Winona State was able to get across mid-court, Iowa State’s half-court defense was stifling.

Iowa State allowed four points in the paint in the first half, which forced the opposition to perimeter shots late in the shot clock.

Because of the pressure, Winona State averaged .794 points per possession at half. In contrast, Iowa State averaged 1.250.

At the conclusion of the half, Bridget Carleton and Ines Nezerwa had three steals and Kristin Scott, Nia Washington and Madi Wise had one.

Iowa State finished the game with 14 steals, and Winona State finished with 25 turnovers.

Adriana Camber said the team’s success on defense in the first half helped Iowa State’s defense keep pressure through the second half.

While Iowa State’s defense dominated, the offense struggled shooting.

Among those who struggled shooting was Bridget Carleton, an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American last year. Carleton was 0-4 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line for four total points.

“Bridget’s obviously the best player, but there’s going to be nights where she doesn’t score or doesn’t score as much, so just having a deep bench and the four of us able to score really helps,” Madison Wise said.

Wise lead Iowa State in scoring with 14 points on 6-9 shooting.

From the field, Iowa State shot 41.8 percent, but shot 18.5 percent on 27 shots from the three.

Camber, who went 0-6 from three in the previous exhibition, hit two of her four shots from long range against Winona State.

Camber said she wasn’t concerned about her 0-6 performance in the previous game and after the first game the coaching staff told her to keep shooting.

Fennelly said after the first exhibition game Camber and Wise, who hit 2-5 threes against Winona State, were shooting in the gym after the conclusion of the first game.

The other player to hit a three was Alexa Middleton, who went 1-3.

After the game, Fennelly said he was concerned about the team’s shooting performance from three over Iowa State’s two exhibition game.

Iowa State went 8-27 from three the previous game.