Big matchup in the Big 12 as the Cyclone women traveled to Austin, Texas to take on the 19th ranked Longhorns. Iowa State and Texas both come into the game winners of 4-straight, Texas only having lost one game on the season, being to then #12 Texas A&M. Iowa State comes in a young team looking to build off of early-season success, with a pair of conference wins against TCU and Kansas State. Texas stands tall as one of the titans of the conference, and Iowa State would need to keep their game up following a long rest, having not played since before Christmas.
It started out well for Iowa State with a 20-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, including a 6-0 run to close out said quarter. Emily Ryan the leader of the run, scoring 4 of those 6 and assisting on the other bucket.
There wasn’t too much after that to celebrate for the Cyclones, as Texas would take the lead 31-30 in the second quarter and not look back from there. The Cyclone hung with the Longhorns, but just never got the huge run to take the lead back. The Longhorns outscored the Cyclones by 7 in the 2nd to take a 3 point lead into the half and continued to extend the lead in the 3rd, outscoring the Cyclones by 8 more.
A big reason for the Cyclones’ lack of success, was unlike what happened in the Drake game, the Cyclones never got the 3-ball to drop, only making 4 of their 14 attempts from deep. When one of your best assets to a game isn’t working for you, it’s tough to beat a really solid team like Texas, especially on the road.
The Cyclones will look to get back on track as they travel to Lubbock to take on the Red Raiders
NOTE: The January 6th game against the Kansas Jayhawks has been postponed