No. 23 Iowa State loses first game of season to South Dakota

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

A late comeback attempt fell short on Wednesday, as the No. 23 Iowa State women’s basketball team, in its first true road game, lost its first game of the season to South Dakota by a score of 64-59.

The story for much of the game for the Cyclones was the team’s struggles with scoring. Iowa State scored 18 points in the first half, with nine points in each quarter.

During that time, Iowa State shot 24 percent from the field and 22 percent from three. As a result, the team faced a 17-point deficit heading into the half, by far the most that Cyclones have trailed in any game all season long.

Things didn’t get much better in the third, as the Cyclones cut the Coyotes’ lead by one point. Although Iowa State held South Dakota to a 27 percent mark from the field in the third, Iowa State couldn’t capitalize, as Iowa State shot 5-of-15 itself coming out of the half.

The Cyclones were able to make the game very interesting toward the end, however, as the team stormed back to cut South Dakota’s lead to three.

Iowa State even had a chance to tie the game with 27 second remaining, but missed both shots and eventually had to foul USD’s Madison McKeever, who put the game away by making both free throws. With the loss, Iowa State fell to 5-1 on the season.

Leading the way statistically for Iowa State was Madison Wise, who led the Cyclones in scoring with 19 points while going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Bridget Carleton also pitched in 14 points, but had an off night by shooting only 5-for-19 from the field and 2-of-10 from three.

Next up for Iowa State will be a game against Arkansas this Sunday. The game will be played at Hilton Coliseum as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.