Seanna Johnson gets double-double in return, ISU women’s basketball falls to West Virginia


Lani Tons/Iowa State Daily

Junior guard Seanna Johnson made 14 rebounds during the West Virginia game on March 1 at Hilton Coliseum. This was her 15th game of the season with double-figure rebounds. ISU fell 82-57.

Trey Alessio

ISU junior Seanna Johnson put up another double-double in her return, but it wasn’t enough as the ISU women’s basketball team (13-16, 5-13) fell to No. 22 West Virginia, 82-57, Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State struggled offensively throughout the entire first quarter. It couldn’t find any nylon until six minutes into the game when freshman Bridget Carleton hit a trey from beyond the arc to put the Cyclones on the scoreboard.

The only sources of offense for Iowa State in the first quarter came when Carleton ended Iowa State’s scoring drought, when Johnson drove through the lane for a layup and again when Johnson hit a 3-pointer. The Cyclones only chalked up eight points in the first quarter and went 3-14 from the field and 2-7 from three.

West Virginia led Iowa State 20-8 after the first quarter. Iowa State’s first quarter woes didn’t transfer over entirely into the second quarter, for the most part. The Cyclones found a rhythm and went on an 8-0. They started to make a mini-comeback until the Mountaineers hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put an end to the Cyclones’ first half comeback hopes. West Virginia finished the first half with nine 3-pointers and led 42-27 at the half.

The main source of offense came from Johnson in the first half for Iowa State. She scored 13 points and snagged eight rebounds in the first half. Five of Iowa State’s eight made shots came from Johnson. As a team, the Cyclones only shot 28.6 percent from the field and 27.3 behind the arc in the first half.

The second half belonged to West Virginia. It kept its foot on the pedal and didn’t look back. At the end of the third quarter, the Mountaineers led by 20 points and downed the Cyclones, 82-57.

In Johnson’s return, she finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds, which marked her 14th double-double of the season. She missed the last two games after she went to her hometown to be with her family after her father suffered a stroke. Buckley was the only other player to rack up double-digit points on Tuesday. She ended up with 14 points.

Iowa State has lost four straight games and will now head to Oklahoma City, Okla. for the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 4.