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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Iowa State falls short vs No. 4 Iowa, 67-58

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (4-4, 0-0 Big 12) dropped the game to No. 4 Iowa (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) by a score of 67-58.  Both teams shot evenly from the field through the night, but after a tie midway through the final quarter Iowa used a late surge to retake the lead for good.

Iowa State outshot Iowa in the first half at 40.6-32.4 percent as the score stood even at 34-34 entering the second half. As Iowa State kept within three of Iowa headed into the final quarter, five lead changes followed including an Iowa State lead with 4:30 left to play, but ISU was unable to secure the upset.

Audi Crooks had her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Crooks has now scored in double figures in seven of the Cyclones’ first eight games. Addy Brown had her second straight double-double, putting up 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

How it Happened

The Cyclones kept within three of the Hawkeyes with a score of 10-7 at the first media timeout. Right out of the timeout, Brown hit a 3-pointer to ignite the crowd and knot the score. Nyamer Diew was the next to hit a shot from deep to again tie the score at 13-13, while Crooks followed with a layup to give ISU its first lead with 2:32 to go in the first. After Iowa took a run of eight, Jalynn Bristow answered with a 3 at the buzzer to trim UI’s lead to three (21-18).

Lead changes continued as Iowa State took leads of 22-21 and 26-24 while the score stood at 26-26 midway through the second. Crooks then entered double figures after draining a triple to again tie things up at 29. Iowa State remained efficient from beyond the arc as Arianna Jackson became the fifth Cyclone to record a triple, putting ISU up at 32-31. With 1:33 left, Crooks sent in the jumper for another tie at 34-34, with the score holding as the first half came to an end.

Isnelle Natabou fought for her own rebound and followed to send in the layup to put ISU up 39-38, while Iowa then went up four (43-39) with 6:10 left in the third. Neither team scored for nearly two minutes of play before Diew ended the scoring drought with a layup, bringing the Cyclones back within two. As Iowa led by five with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter, Brown put in the layup to make it 48-45 headed into the final frame.

Iowa State called the early timeout after Iowa stretched a seven point lead of 52-45. With 6:26 left, ISU came alive hitting a streak of eight to retake the lead at 55-54 as Iowa called a timeout. The Hawkeyes responded to retake the advantage, going up by six (62-56) with one minute to go. Iowa would hold on to the lead, taking the win by a final of 67-58.

Top Performances

Audi Crooks put up her first double-double and had her sixth 10-plus point game, entering double figures in the second quarter. The freshman’s final line was 15 points, 10 rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes of play. Crooks had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first half.

Addy Brown had 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for her third double-double this season. Brown also had five assists, two steals and a block.

Up Next

Iowa State next hosts North Dakota State this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. CT.

 

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