Iowa State women’s basketball: Cyclones lose third straight at Kansas State 80-74


The losing streak continues for Iowa State basketball, with the women’s basketball team shooting poorly during the opening moments of the game against Kansas State and not having enough in their arsenal to come back.

Mar 25, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Georgia Lady Bulldogs guard Jasmine James (10) defends against Iowa State Cyclones guard Brynn Williamson (22) during the second round of the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs beat the Cyclones by a final score of 65-60. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Cyclones (14-3, 3-3) struggled shooting in the first half, hitting a dismal 19.4 percent of their shots and making  just six field goals. Four of them were from the perimeter.

From the Cyclones’ official athletic website:

"Iowa State had a late comeback sparked by a barrage of 3-pointers and free throws. The Cyclones’ closed the gap to 77-74 with 33 seconds left after freshman Seanna Johnson hit a three-pointer on a full-court pass from junior Kidd Blaskowsky. Johnson finished the game with a career-high three 3-pointers.The Wildcats iced the upset, however, with superb shooting from the charity stripe down the stretch, as they went 13-of-18 from the line in the final 2:06."

Hallie Christofferson, Seanna Johnson, and Brynn Williamson were a combined 9-of-34 from the field. Williamson led the team with 17 points, aided by three 3-point shots and making all six free throw attempts. Johnson also hit three 3-point shots.

Nicole Blaskowsky had the best overall game, finishing with 16 points (thanks to hitting a team-high four 3-pointers), four rebounds, and three assists.

The Wildcats (8-9, 2-4) were led by Leticia Romero and Katya Leick. They both saw the floor the entire night, making seven of the team’s nine 3-point shots and went a combined 15-of-20 from the free throw line. Romero finished with a team-high 27 points, six rebounds, and five assists; Leick had 23 points and five rebounds.

Iowa State basketball has fallen on hard times; both the women and men have lost six straight games dating back to last Saturday. The men don’t play during the workweek, but the women will be back at home against Oklahoma on Tuesday night. Tip-off is at 6:00 PM Central time with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1.