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Second Half Surge Lifts Cyclone Women Over K-State, 91-69


Luke Lu//Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics

Iowa State takes the floor with the same starting lineup they’ve been going with all season, Kristin Scott, Ashley Joens, Kylie Feuerbach, Emily Ryan, and Lexi Donarski. The Cyclones look to jump out to a 2-0 conference start, pitter patter.

Ashley Joens decides she’s done not scoring, matching her total from the UNI game with 6 points in the first 3 minutes. The biggest worry coming into the game for Iowa State was 6-6 forward Ayoka Lee, who leads the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding. Right away, the Cyclones double or triple team Lee as soon as she touches the ball. This should be...interesting. Iowa State does not show the greatest shooting display in the first quarter, but bring an 18-16 lead into the second, led by Kristin Scott’s 8 points.

The second quarter started with the teams trading baskets, but just over 2 minutes in, Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw checks in to the game for the first time this season. She immediately drops a dime to Ashley Joens to give the Whirlybirds their largest lead of the night at 4 points. The Cyclones were able to keep building a lead, but purple Kansas just kept hanging around. Kansas State eventually takes the lead right before the half, 40-37.

Kansas State knocked down 7 threes in the first half, being the biggest story of the game as they normally shoot the ball poorly from long range.

Iowa State finally gets some shots to fall, but the Wildcats were unconscious from 3 point land, already having a season-high of 9 in the early going of the 3rd quarter. The Cyclones get some stops on the defensive end of the floor and quickly builds up a game-high 7 point lead midway through 3 quarters. Kylie Feuerbach continues to ignite the ISU offense, pouring in 17 points before the final stanza where the Cyclones lead, 63-53.

The Lady Clones open up quarter number 4 guns-a-blazin’, opening on an 17-6 run to put the lead up to 21 just three minutes in. The Fighting Bill Fennellys get it going from downtown to build a huge lead. Iowa State continued to pour it on from beyond the arc and eased their way to victory, 91-69 (nice).

Iowa State moves to 5-3, 2-0 on the season as they get ready for their last non-conference game next Tuesday against the Drake Bulldogs.