Cyclones survive and advance at Big 12 Tournament


Junior Bridget Carleton moves in for a layup during the game against the University of Texas on Feb. 24 at the Hilton Coliseum.

Jack Macdonald

Iowa State began its Big 12 Championships with a convincing win over the 10th-seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders. The seventh-seeded Cyclones sent the Red Raiders back to Lubbock, Texas, after a 74-49 Cyclone win. 

The Cyclones jumped out to a 12-3 lead early in the game after Texas Tech scored the games first two points. Senior Emily Durr and junior Bridget Carleton each contributed seven points in the first quarter, which gave the Cyclones a 19-5 lead after the first 10 minutes. 

The Red Raiders shot just 2-for-12 from the field in the first quarter and Iowa State made an impressive 7-of-9 free throws in the quarter. The second quarter was much of the same, but Texas Tech did crawl within seven, until the Cyclones went on a 10-2 run to push the score to 34-19 at the half. 

Iowa State continued the onslaught and extended its lead to 26 points heading into the final 10 minutes of the game. Freshman Madison Wise recorded a double-double by the end of the third quarter, with 10 points and 10 boards after three quarters.

The Red Raiders were no match for the Cyclones’ offense and ultimately put themselves out of the game early in the contest. Carleton led the way with 24 points and made 12-of-13 free throws. 

Durr finished with 15 points and Wise ended with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  

The Cyclones advance to play No. 2 Texas in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. tomorrow.