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Cyclones Upend Cowgirls in Defensive Battle

Iowa State has now won eight games in a row.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Despite trouble shooting and rebounding the basketball all game, the Iowa State women gutted out a 49-42 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. Now 10-3 on the season and 2-0 in the Big 12, the adversity Iowa State faced in November seems like a distant memory. Seanna Johnson was spectacular once again for the Cyclones; the junior guard finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Bridget Carleton finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Cyclones ended the game just 23% from the field, but Iowa State was able to make 22 free throws to stick with the Cowgirls. A box-and-one defense helped Iowa State limit Oklahoma State star Brittney Martin to just six points. The Cowgirls outrebounded the Cyclones, but Iowa State took care of the ball and ended the game with only six turnovers. Down three points heading into the 4th quarter, Iowa State scored 19 points in the final 10 minutes to secure the win. Jadda Buckley did not make a field goal, but she found ways to contribute anyway and added eight free throws. A poor shooting performance and getting dominated on the boards should concern the Cyclones, but it's hard to argue with the momentum Iowa State has built in its last eight games.

Iowa State next travels to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns at 7pm on Wednesday. The game will be available on the Longhorn Network.