Well. That sucked. Some voodoo magic prevented Iowa State from winning this one, and I think I know what it feels like to be a Sooner basketball fan on March 2nd, 2015. Deflating might be the one word that sums it up as the floor came out from under the Cyclones at the end of the game.
It started off well enough. The Cyclones trio of freshman played incredible in the first quarter, and the Cyclones we’re up 26-20 early. Ashley Joens worked her point total up in the second quarter where they’d stretch the lead to double digits from midway through the second quarter on. The lead getting as wide as 18 points.
Joens was 4-5 from the three point line at one point, and looked her usual unguardable (not a word, I’m using it anyways) self. She would tally on 8 boards at half along with 20 points. I
The Hawkeyes would get the lead down to near single digits in the third quarter, but a Lexi Donarski three, and then an Emily Ryan three, would keep the Hawks away, for the time being. The Cyclones were leading by 17 points to start the 4th quarter, and had really controlled the game on both sides of the ball. The Cyclones were winning the battles on the boards, and did a good job of avoiding foul trouble throughout.
Sometimes the wheels just fall off, and that’s just basketball baby. Iowa would go on a miraculous 19-2 run during the 4th quarter and tie the game up with just minutes to go. Iowa State looked like they could drop a 100 going into the 4th quarter, they would only score 7 points in the final period. Un-real.
Caitlin Clark would make big shot after big shot for the Hawkeyes as the Cyclones went Vanilla Ice Cold from the field. Clark would give the Hawkeyes the lead after a phantom foul call on Lexi Donarski, her 5th, that sent her out of the game with under a minute to go. Clark would hit a three from West Liberty just seconds after that gave the Hawks a 2 point lead.
Iowa State’s final possession was a microcosm of the 4th quarter. The first part was a bad pass ‘tipped’ out of bounds by a Hawkeye defender, that only left three seconds in the game. The Cyclones would try to get Ashley Joens the ball as time expired, but didn’t even get a shot off. Another inexplicable loss for a very good team.