Iowa State women’s basketball lose after blowing 24-point lead to TCU

After the Iowa State women’s basketball team had a commanding lead at halftime, the Cyclones blew it and even lost against TCU at Fort Worth.

The TCU women have a 9-4 record overall but lost their Big 12 opener 52-37 to Texas Tech. As expected, the Horned Frog ladies aren’t expected to have a great season.

It looked like another blowout was in store when the Iowa State women owned a 44-21 halftime advantage and, at one point, was up 51-27 in the second half. Naturally, your first That’s So Cyclones moment of 2015 happened when the Cyclones coughed it all up.

Here’s part of the recap from Cyclones.com to set things up.

TCU went on to score 27 of the game’s next 38 points to reduce the Iowa State lead to single digits at 62-54. Four straight [Brynn] Williamson free throws looked to have steadied the ship to get ISU back up 12, but TCU ripped off eight points in under a minute to drag the ISU lead down to 68-64.

After Nicole Blaskowsky hit a three to give Iowa State a seven-point lead, Nikki Moody’s rough night ended as she fouled out with six points. TCU scored the next five points to bring ISU’s lead down to 71-69, but Blaskowsky hit another three and put the Cyclones back up by seven.

TCU went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 78-77, but Iowa State responded at the free throw line as they did all night. They went 25-of-26 from the charity stripe. But then, a flagrant foul called on Seanna Johnson gave a five-point possession to the Horned Frogs to tie it up at 82.

That foul and turnovers ultimately did the Cyclones in. They had 16 of their 21 turnovers in the second half. Chelsea Prince for TCU had back-to-back layups to score their final four points and ultimately give the Horned Frogs an 86-84 win as time expired for Iowa State.

The ladies fall to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12. Come selection time, games like this could kill Iowa State’s seeding or even knock them off if they don’t go on a big run in the regular season.