ISU women’s basketball gets upset in road test against Drake


Max Goldberg/Iowa State Daily

Senior guard Nicole “Kidd” Blaskowsky dribbles down the court during a game against the Drake Bulldogs, Nov. 15 in Des Moines. The Cyclones would go on to lose 74-70.

Trey Alessio

The ISU women’s basketball team had its first road test at a packed Knapp Center against the Drake Bulldogs in Des Moines on Sunday.

Drake and Iowa State traded 3-pointer for 3-pointer in the first quarter. There were nine treys between both teams, five for Iowa State and four for Drake.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half. Iowa State had nine turnovers and Drake seemed to find ways to capitalize on Iowa State’s miscues, finding ways to penetrate Iowa State’s zone defense.

Drake led 36-35 headed into the locker room after a 3-point focused first half. Iowa State went 5-for-13 from deep and Drake went 6-17.

The Cyclones started the second half slowly, missing nine shots in a row in the third quarter and were 1-for-12 at one point.

Still, Iowa State hung around. At about the seven-minute marker in the fourth quarter, freshman Bridget Carleton hit a three, Buckley got a steal, ran it on a fast break and added the point after the foul to make it 65-60, which had the potential to be a turning point for the Cyclones.

But the Bulldogs wouldn’t let up. Drake junior Lizzy Wendell hit a dagger of a 3-pointer to put Drake up 68-60 with four minutes remaining.

Iowa State put on a full court press with a minute and a half left in the game. Seanna Johnson got fouled and added the free throws, cutting the Drake lead to three. The Cyclones got the ball back and Johnson forced a layup with 40 seconds left, giving Drake the ball back.

Buckley then got fouled on a 3-point shot and added three from the line to give Iowa State some hope with five seconds in the game, but Drake freshman Nicole Miller put the nail in the coffin when she added two after the ISU foul to make it 74-70 in Drake’s favor, which remained the score until the clock struck zero.

Iowa State will attempt to overcome this upset when it takes on New Orleans on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Hilton Coliseum.