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Classic Games in Cyclone Women’s Basketball History: 2004 vs. #2 Texas Tech

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Front row (left to right): Lyndsey Medders, Mary Fox, Anne O’Neil, Erica Junod, Tracy Paustian, Abby Reinert. Back row (left to right): Megan Ebel, Kandice Beenken, Brittany Wilkins, Jane Horkey, Lisa Kriener, Megan Ronhovde.
2018-19 Iowa State Women’s Basketball Fact Book

Both men’s and women’s basketball is back, enjoy this throwback to when the twister sisters stunned the tortilla tossers. This team would make it to the Final Four of the 2004 WNIT.

The following recap is by the AP.

Final stats.

Iowa State Cyclones blow past No. 2 Tech

Anne O’Neil will always have a great memory from Wednesday night, even though everything she did wasn’t so pretty.

O’Neil hit a 15-foot jump shot with two-tenths of a second to play, lifting Iowa State to a 64-63 victory that ended second-ranked Texas Tech’s 15-game winning streak.

O’Neil, who had 16 of her 20 points in the second half, missed the first of two free throws, but made the second to give Iowa State a 62-61 lead with 18 seconds remaining.

A jump shot by Jia Perkins with eight seconds left gave Texas Tech a 63-62 lead. But O’Neil brought the ball up, drove to the left side of the free-throw line and connected on just her sixth field goal in 20 attempts to give the Cyclones (8-5 overall, 2-2 Big 12) the victory.

”I had missed so many I thought I might as well try to make one,” O’Neil said. “I felt like I was dribbling too much, and I thought time was going to run out. “So, I did a quick spin and shot it and I saw it go through the hoop.”

She did exactly as instructed by Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly. He told his team to get the ball to O’Neil and told her to push it up the floor as hard as she could.

”I said, `If you see an opening, shoot it or if they come quick, dump it off,’ “ Fennelly explained. “I think it was appropriate Anne made that shot. It was nice to see it go in for her.”

Texas Tech guard Erin Grant didn’t like what she saw up close.

”We knew we needed to get a big stop at the end and we didn’t get it done,” she said. “She just hit a big shot. I was in her face.”

But Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp didn’t blame Grant, saying O’Neil probably should have been double-teamed before the play began.

”We had talked about doubling the ball and we just didn’t get there,” Sharp said. “We knew she was probably going to be the one to take the shot.”

Texas Tech (15-1, 1-1) called a timeout, but failed to get a shot off before the horn sounded.

Reserve Katie Robinette had 12 of her 18 points for Iowa State in the second half. Casey Jackson led Texas Tech with 13 points and Perkins had 11.

Robinette added five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

”The X factor we had to have was Katie Robinette,” Fennelly said. “Twenty-three minutes is nothing like we expected. I don’t know if she’ll be able to get out of bed tomorrow.”

Texas Tech led 28-26 at halftime and opened a 43-33 advantage with 12:40 remaining. But Iowa State outscored the Lady Raiders 18-6 over the next six minutes, capping the run with eight straight points to take a 51-48 lead with 6:50 to play.

Robinette and O’Neil scored all but four of Iowa State’ points during the run, and the Cyclones made 10 consecutive free throws - five by Robinette and four by O’Neil.

The Lady Raiders made just 21 of 30 free throws and missed six of eight attempts before Grant connected twice with 22 seconds left to tie the game at 61-61.

”Any time you get to go to the line, especially when you’re on the road in the Big 12, you’ve got to knock free throws down,” said Sharp, whose team was off to its best start in school history.

Fennelly was delighted for his team.

”Obviously, that was one of the greatest games I’ve ever been a part of,” he said. “That’s a moment they’ll remember for a long, long time.

”I told them that we don’t have to be the best team in the country in the polls but let’s be the best team in the country tonight because our school deserves it.”