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Twister Sisters falter vs. Lady Raiders, lose in Big 12 play for the first time

I guess the pressure is gone now?

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

After the news that the TCU Horned Frogs would not be coming to Ames on Saturday, the Cyclones looked to improve to 7-0 in conference play during their trip to Lubbock, Texas.

The start was not what Iowa State wanted, however. The Cyclones started the game without a point for the first near three minutes before Audi Crooks found Emily Ryan for a layup. Despite having held Texas Tech to just 5 points in that span, the Raiders wouldn’t be kept quiet for long as for the next five minutes of game time, they would go on to outscore the Cyclones 8-2 and built up a 13-4 lead with just 2:14 to go in the opening frame. They’d close the deficit to just two as the closing minute came, but a late 3-pointer by Bailey Maupin got the Raiders back up by 5 at the end of the first, 16-11.

The Cyclones kept it close in the second quarter, keeping the deficit under eight points through the first couple minutes. Following a Rhyle McKinney three-pointer to put the Raiders up seven at 25-18 with 7:22 to go in the half, the Cyclones made their big run. Senior Emily Ryan capped off an 11-2 run over the next six minutes of game time with just her second three-pointer of the year, giving Iowa State their first lead of the game at 29-27. Then following an Emily Ryan miss at the rim, Bailey Maupin connected on a corner 3 and a free throw to shut the Cyclone lead down as quickly as it came. She then knocked down another deep one as the half came to a close, and in the blink of an eye, not only was the Cyclone lead gone, but they were once again down five heading into half at 34-29.

The third quarter was much of the same for Iowa State. Every time it looked like they could climb out of the 2-3 possession deficit, the Lady Raiders knocked down a tough layup or three-pointer or got a block... something to swat away the Cyclones’ comeback attempt at a comeback. Timely answers were the story of the third quarter. The Cyclones never got it under four points, despite some really nice looks. Hannah Belanger knocked down a contested three to get it to 46-42, but he Cyclones got no closer as Jasmine Shavers caught fire knocking down back-to-back buckets (including a three) to extend Tech’s lead to 9 at the end of the third at 51-42.

Did I say the third quarter was more of the same? Because the forth quarter was also that. Every Iowa State bucket was answered by a Texas Tech bucket, more often than not, that was a three pointer from Jasmine Shavers. Tech grew the lead to as big as 13 after a pair of Jazmaine Lewis free throws at the 5:16 mark of the fourth, and it really seemed like whatever hope the Cyclones had was snuffed out after that. The Cyclones weren’t going to go down without at least a puncher’s chance, as Hannah Belanger added yet another timely three ball and Emily Ryan added a layup with 1:50 to go to cut the deficit to 8. Kelsey Joens knocked down a pair of free throws to cut it to 6 before a Texas Tech timeout with just 36.5 to go. Jasmine Shavers, who is top 5 in the Big 12 in free throw percentage, knocked down a pair to get the lead for Tech back up to 8. Fennelly called time to advance the ball, but a missed Belanger jumper ended the game and despite not making a shot from the floor over the final 5:39, Texas Tech upset the Cyclones, beating Iowa State for the first time since 2020, 71-63.

Iowa State now has quite the break before their next game given the news with TCU as their next game isn’t until January 24th when they head to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the Jayhawks.

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Iowa State Cyclones

Texas Tech Lady Raiders