The Iowa State women’s basketball team is trying to find some answers and momentum as the Big 12 tournament nears, and they ended up being nothing but lost in a game that was over well before halftime.
Feb 9, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears guard Odyssey Sims (0) dribbles the ball against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls during the first half at the Ferrell Center. The Bears won 81-64. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sixth-ranked Baylor was up 14-10 at the second media timeout with 11:46 to go. The Lady Bears (23-3, 3-1) would go on a 24-7 run to end the period and never looked back by outscoring the Cyclones (17-8, 6-8) by 21 in the second half.
Odyssey Sims was unbelievable from 3-point range for Baylor, making 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Makenzie Robertson made all three attempts from downtown and the team’s percentage was pulled down due to bench player Imani Wright’s 0-for-6 night.
Sims led the team with 24 points. In the Associated Press recap (via ESPN), Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey compared her performance out there to the current best player in the NBA.
"“I mean, she looked like LeBron out there just stopping and popping,” Mulkey said, drawing an aw-shucks look from the nation’s leading scorer after Sims scored 18 of her 24 points in the first half of an 89-51 victory against Iowa State on Wednesday night.“You just don’t see girls do that,” Mulkey continued. “She catches it on the move. She didn’t dribble. She just … flick of the wrist. I just turned around and said, ‘There’s just not many girls can do that.'”"
No player had more than 12 points on Iowa State. Seanna Johnson led the way with those points, along with four rebounds, one steal, and a block. Hallie Christofferson had 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.
There’s no good way to put it – the Iowa State women let the game get out of hand way too early, playing like they knew they were going to get blown out. Some of these stats are astounding – the Cyclones went 3-of-25 as a team from 3-point range, hit a total of 34 percent of their shots, and turned it over 19 times. They allowed the Lady Bears to have 28 assists on 25 field goals made while ISU had nine assists.
This was the second-biggest blowout for Baylor at home against a Big 12 opponent. They defeated Texas Tech, 92-43, back on January 29th in Waco.
Iowa State now needs to go 2-2 down the stretch to finish with a .500 record in Big 12 play. Next up is a home game against Texas this Saturday. Tip-off is at 7:00 PM Central time and it will be broadcast on Cyclones.tv.