Cowgirls lasso Cyclones in close game


Freshman Madison Wise making her way down the court during their game against Baylor on Jan. 17 at the Hilton Coliseum.

Jack Macdonald

Seeking revenge from a Jan. 24 loss to Iowa State (10-14, 4-9 Big 12), No. 22 Oklahoma State (18-6, 9-4 Big 12) did just that in Hilton Coliseum. The Cowgirls utilized a 26-point first quarter en route to a 81-73 win. 

What looked to be a promising start for the Cyclones in the first quarter, the Cowgirls matched Iowa State shot for shot. Between the two, they combined to shoot 12-for-14 to start the game and the scored was already 15-14 at the first media timeout. 

However, the Cyclones cooled off, going 0-for-10 to end the quarter and went scoreless for the last 2:05 of the quarter. The Cowgirls utilized a 7-0 to extend the lead en route to pulling ahead prior to halftime.

Oklahoma State cruised to a 20-point halftime lead after outscoring the Cyclones 19-8 in the second quarter. 

Senior Emily Durr had a team-high six points at the half despite going just 1-for-6. Durr cashed in a trey and buried three free throws while racking up four rebounds. As a team, the Cyclones went just 8-for-32 (25 percent) from the floor in the half. 

Just as the Cyclones seemed to be out of reach from making a comeback, a 30-point third quarter propelled them to cut the deficit to two after 30 minutes of play. Durr and Madison Wise sparked the Cyclones with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Iowa State also won the board battle 13-5 in the quarter. 

Ultimately cutting the lead to one early in the fourth quarter, the Cyclones could not mount a comeback. For every Cyclone basket, the Cowgirls had an answer. The Cyclones finished the game shooting 24-for-65 and were paced by Wise’s 21-point performance. 

Iowa State will be back in action on Wednesday against TCU. Tip is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas.