In another exciting game at Hilton Coliseum featuring more referee controversy, three technical fouls, and a fan being ejected, the Iowa State women’s basketball team come back in a thrilling 73-70 victory over Oklahoma State. The Cyclones finish 21-7 overall this season with a 12-6 record in the Big 12, good enough to clinch the 2-seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
Iowa State was down by as much as 13 in the second half. Their wild finish featured a couple of technical fouls called on both coaches. Bill Fennelly was called for a technical and then a fan from the front row was ejected as the refs called over an officer to escort him out. The crowd gave the fan a round of applause as he left the arena. Cowgirls’ coach Jim Littell was called for a technical with under a minute to go, giving the Cyclones two crucial free throws to essentially clinch the game.
Hallie Christofferson led the team with 21 points and six rebounds, also going a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. This was her 10th game with 20 or more points this season, and she also became the 19th Cyclone to hit over 100 career 3-pointers nailing two of them to extend her tally to 101.
Iowa State went 19-20 from the charity stripe in the game as a team and rebounded with 6-8 shooting from 3-point range after starting off 2-10 in the second half.
The Cyclones will have a first-round bye in the tournament and will play the winner of the TCU/Kansas game on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. CT in Dallas. It will be televised on FSN.