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Cyclones ball out, Iowa State gets much-needed bounce-back win

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Tyler Coe
Addy Brown nails a baseline jump shot against North Dakota State at Hilton Coliseum on Dec. 10, 2023.

AMES — The Cyclones took down the North Dakota State (NDSU) Bison by a score of 89-59, as six different players reached double-digit points which helped fuel a much-needed win.

The game would go down as the most points scored in a win this season for the Cyclones, as the offensive outburst led the way on Sunday.

The Cyclones shot just under 56% from the field Sunday, which was a new high for Iowa State this season. The offensive success should help fuel their confidence as the season goes on.

Of the six Iowa State players to reach double-figures, forward Addy Brown led the way once again for Iowa State. She finished the win with 16 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and a steal, as she continues to be an impactful player for the Cyclones.

Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly admires the amount of effort and grit that Brown brings to every game and knows he can call on her to make a big play at any time without any hesitation or blowback.

“There’s a lot of things about her. She’s just a very talented kid who’s very competitive. She understands that if we ask her to do a lot, she accepts the challenge,” Fennelly said.

Guard Hannah Belanger got her highest amount of points scored with Iowa State as well, finishing the game with 15 points. Belanger feels that while it may have been her best scoring day, it was not her best overall game as a Cyclone.

“I think although I scored, I don’t think it was my best game,” Belanger said. “I felt like I had better games where I got people more organized and had played better defensively, but it was still a good game today.”

The Truman State transfer had not been involved much in scoring for the Cyclones this season, but this game could have been a potential scoring outbreak for her that could benefit the team for the rest of the season.

Forward Nyamer Diew was also one of the six Cyclones to reach double-digits in points with 12 and believes the scoring outburst is only the beginning of what Iowa State could show throughout the remainder of the season.

“I think that it just goes to show that anyone can play,” Diew said. “We have a lot of people here that can score, and I’m glad it was evident today.”

Among the three that played a big impact in Iowa State’s 30-point win over North Dakota State, the other three who contributed double-digit points were center Audi Crooks with 13, center Isnelle Natabou and forward Jalynn Bristow with 11 points each.

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