Iowa State women’s basketball: Cyclones blown out in second half against Oklahoma Sooners


The Iowa State women’s basketball team is still in their funk, losing their fourth straight game and third game at Hilton Coliseum in a 75-54 rout at the hands of Oklahoma.

Mar 03, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears guard Kimetria Hayden (1) battles for a loose ball with Iowa State Cyclones forward Chelsea Poppens (33) and forward Hallie Christofferson (5) during the first half at the Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It was a 30-26 halftime lead for the Sooners (12-7, 3-3), and they were able to extend it to beyond 20 points with a huge run to start the period.

From the Cyclones’ official website:

"In the second half, the Sooners would take control with a 9-0 run to grab as much as a 10-point lead over the Cyclones, 45-35. Iowa State would be unable to close the gap as the Sooners would nab as much as a 23-point lead."

Poor shooting from the perimeter again plagued the Cyclones (14-4, 3-4), making just 2-of-15 shots from 3-point land in the first half, finishing at a horrendous 4-of-26 from long range.

Brynn Williamson took 11 of those shots, which were all of her field goal attempts, and only made one. Hallie Christofferson had the best overall game, going 5-of-12 from the field (going 0-2 from the perimeter), making 5-of-6 free throws, and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. She fouled out of the game and played just 27 minutes, the least out of the starters.

Oklahoma was also bad from the 3-point range in the first half, making just 2-of-9 and only taking one free throw attempt (and missed it). But they rebounded making 5-of-12 in the second half and shot 55.2 percent from the field to blow out reeling Iowa State.

Their leader was Aaryn Ellenberg, leading all scorers with 22 points and added eight rebounds. She went 7-of-14 from the field, made four 3-pointers, and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

The Cyclones turned the ball over three more times than the Sooners and had just 10 assists on 17 made field goals compared to Oklahoma’s 19 assists on 30 made field goals. Iowa State almost made more free throws (16) than field goals.

The ISU women’s basketball team travels to Lubbock, Texas, for their next game to take on Texas Tech Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM Central time and TV coverage will be on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.