No. 2 Baylor started their day 28-1 and looking forward to putting a sour note on the Senior Day of Nia Washington, Jade Thurmon, Adriana Camber and Inès Nezerwa.
Nezerwa got the Cyclones on the board to open the game up but a technical foul (with two ensuing Juicy Landrum free throws) found the game tied at two.
A very back and forth remainder of the first quarter went on until Inès scored five straight points to put the Cyclones up 19-14.
Ashley Joens scored all three Cyclone points in the second period and Iowa State would trail 28-22 at half.
The eight point lead Baylor had soon was whittled down thanks to three-point baskets by Espenmiller-McGraw and Camber.
Two Ashley Joens free-throws would tie the game at 30.
A layup by Thurmon and two three-point baskets by Espinmiller-McGraw nullified a Moon Ursin jumper and a Nalyssa Smith to put the Cyclones ahead by one.
Queen Egbo, Baylor’s 6’3” center, made two more baskets near the basket to improve her 60% field-goal clip. The score after three quarters would see No. 2 Baylor ahead, 38-35.
Baylor would open the last act of this dramatic four part play with Nezerwa committing a shooting foul which led to two made free throws by Didi Richards.
Ashley Joens would connect on another of the Cyclones 10 three-pointers of the day, Richards would respond with a jumper but then Rae Johnson got another three and Baylor’s lead was one.
Lauren Cox would score ten seconds later, but after the 8:39 remaining mark, Baylor would only lead by one twice more in this game. (7:43 and 1:44 remaining)
Morgan Kane’s jumper off a Lady Bears turnover broke the 46-all stalemate.
Iowa State kept nudging ahead on the scoreboard but it wouldn’t be settled until Didi Richards committed a shooting foul on Joens which led to the final result seen below.