It was a slow start for the Cyclones in their opening home conference game. Audi Crooks provided 6 quick ones for Iowa State, who was outscored 17-8 in the opening frame. An odd pattern, as the Cyclones now have a trio of quarters this season scoring fewer than double digits. Crooks was 3 of 4 shooting while the rest of the ladies were ice cold from the floor, shooting just a combined 1 of 7, including 0 of 3 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Kansas shot 7 of 14 from the floor, knocking down 3 of 7 from the perimeter.
In a half of oddities, the second quarter was almost exactly a mirror image of the first. Kansas struggling to make shots (just 2 of 16) while Iowa State, who didn’t shoot it well, was able to bring us back even at the half while scoring just 16 points in the second.
A 24-24 half. Exactly what the people wanted (and predicted.)
The 3rd quarter was much more friendly to the Cyclones. Whatever Coach Fen said at the half, he should say it more often. The Iowa State offense came alive out of the half and put up a solid 24-point performance, doubling their output from the entire first half. Led by Hannah Belanger catching fire from beyond the arc, the Cyclones’ offense put together a master class. Kansas’ struggles continued, however, as the Jayhawks only managed 13 points. Given the low-scoring affair to that point, the Cyclones’ 11 point lead heading to the final frame felt like a very comfortable lead.
The Jayhawks found themselves out of their slump in the fourth quarter, but the Cyclones’ continued their offensive momentum to keep the lead right around double digits for the majority of the final ten minutes of the game. Making their free throws and doing enough of the defensive end while keeping the lead to run out the clock and hold the lead the rest of the way.
Led by Hannah Belanger’s season-high 19 points, the Cyclones capped off their second-straight Big 12 win to start conference play. The freshman duo of Addy Brown and Audi Crooks each scored in double figures with 14 and 11 respectively. Brown once again double-doubled with 13 rebounds (11 defensively) and Crooks added 6 boards of her own.