ISU women’s basketball downs Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Trey Alessio

The ISU women’s basketball team took the momentum from the Iowa game last Friday and rode it all the way against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday at Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State started off slow against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Iowa State was down or tied with Arkansas-Pine Bluff throughout the first 10 minutes. However, the Cyclones picked up a sense of urgency toward the end of the first quarter and led going into the second, 23-18 over the Lady Lions.

Along with good ball movement early on, freshman Bridget Carleton caught fire from behind the arc. She hit six three’s in the first half and finished with 20 points, three rebounds and an assist.

Iowa State started to pull away heading into halftime. After two quarters of play, the Cyclones led the Lady Lions 43-28. Junior Seanna Johnson scored nine points and freshman Meredith Burkhall had seven in the first half. Iowa State shot 50 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from behind the arc. Arkansas-Pine Bluff only shot 27.3 from 3-point land in the first half.

The Cyclones dominated in the second half, and it started with an aggressive trap defense. They never looked back as they kept increasing their lead until the end of the game. Iowa State downed Arkansas-Pine Bluff 70-41.

Carleton finished with 22 points, three rebounds and two assists. She cooled off in the second half after scoring 18 of Iowa State’s 20 points in the second quarter, but she finished 6-10 from three and was six points away from her career-high.

Johnson and Burkhall finished with 11 points. It was Burkhall’s fourth-straight game in double figures. Sophomore Bryanna Fernstrom was close to a double-double. She finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Iowa State is now 6-3 and will take on Alcorn State on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.