Iowa State dominates Miami to win WNIT championship


Senior guard Bridget Carleton passes to sophomore forward Madison Wise during the game against Auburn at Hilton Coliseum on Nov. 13. The Cyclones won the semifinal game 67-64 of the WNIT (Women’s National Invitation Tournament) tournament.

Spencer Suckow

Iowa State took home some early-season hardware and moved to 4-0 on the Sunday, defeating previously undefeated No. 24 Miami 75-52 to win the WNIT championship.

The margin of victory was the Cyclones second-highest of the tournament, and the highest since the team beat Niagara 95-35 in the first round.

Iowa State was led by a suffocating defense that held Miami to 2-for-20 from beyond the arc, and to a 31.3 percent shooting percentage overall. The Cyclones also forced 20 turnovers on the afternoon, and held Miami to its lowest scoring output of the season

This came despite a relatively good start by Miami. The Hurricanes led for much of the first quarter, but a 12-2 run to end the first gave the Cyclones a 24-18 lead that they would never relinquish.

As the game went on, the Cyclones continued to flex their muscle and steadily grow their lead even further by allowing 34 points in the game’s final 30 minutes. Outside of Emese Hof and Taylor Mason, who scored 14 and nine, respectively, no Hurricanes’ player scored more than six points.

Leading the way statistically for the Cyclones were seniors Ines Nezerwa and Bridget Carleton, who each had 15 points. Nezerwa also added six rebounds and shot a 6-for-9 from the field. Carleton, meanwhile, pitched in seven rebounds and three blocks.

Sophomore Kristin Scott also had a strong performance, with 11 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

Up next for the Cyclones will be a game against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, which will be played in Bridget Carleton’s hometown of Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Tip-off will be at 5 p.m.