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Cyclones Win Big at St. Thomas

Back on track.

Syndication: The Ames Tribune Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune / USA TODAY NETWORK

The first quarter went well for the Cyclones, on both ends of the court. On the offensive end, the Cyclones got to the free throw line, and capitalized on their opportunities going 6-6 at the stripe on the quarter. On the defensive end, the Cyclones played well and were helped out by cold shooting. St. Thomas went 0-10 from deep in the first quarter, and never got to the free throw line. The Cyclones were able to set the tone for the whole game in the first quarter and took a commanding 23-6 lead to the quarter break.

The Cyclones went on to outscore St. Thomas in every quarter of the game behind a great shooting performance and a huge game to regain confidence and stride.

The Cyclones outscored St. Thomas 19-13 in the second quarter, thanks to a wide range of scorers with buckets coming from Hannah Belanger, Arianna Jackson, Kelsey Joens, Nyamer Diew, Audi Crooks, Addy Brown, and Jalynn Bristow. Each team only hit one shot from behind the arc in the second, with the lone Cyclone triple coming from Belanger. The Cyclones shot 8-14 from the floor in the second.

The third quarter was fun, really fun. The Clones caught fire and shot 7-10 from deep on the quarter. The seven triples came from five different shooters with Diew (x2), Joens, Brown, Bristow (x2), and Jackson each hitting from deep. The Twister Sisters also grabbed 5 offensive boards on the quarter, to help them win the rebound battle by 6 in the third. The fourth quarter was back and forth and the Cyclones outscored St. Thomas 16-15. The quarter included 6 points from Natabou and buckets from Shantavia Dawkins and Mary Kate King.

The Cyclones won the overall rebound battle by a margin of 13 and forced 18 turnovers tonight, their tough play paid off to lead to an 85-44 win.