AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (3-5, 0-0 Big 12) fell to Iowa (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) by a score of 61-55 on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones were plagued by a cold shooting performance, as they were just 18-of-61 (29.5 percent) from the field, including 7-of-26 from beyond the arc.
Iowa State was led by junior Bridget Carleton, who poured in 17 points, including an 11-of-12 performance from the free throw line. Adriana Camber scored 11 points, followed by a career-high 10 from Bride Kennedy-Hopoate. Carleton also dished out a career-high six assists.
How It Happened
The Cyclones struggled to get into any offensive rhythm in the first half, and found themselves trailing 26-19 at the break after scoring just three points in the second quarter. Iowa State was 1-of-13 from the field in the second stanza, with its only points coming on an and-1 converted by Kennedy-Hopoate.
In total, the Cyclones shot 25 percent (8-32) from the field in the first half, but forced the Hawkeyes into nine turnovers to limit the Iowa offense. Kennedy-Hopoate led the Cyclones with eight points and pulled down three rebounds in the first half.
The shots started fall after the halftime intermission, as the Cyclones charged back and briefly tied the game at 38-38 on a layup in transition by senior Emily Durr. Camber, a sophomore, was critical during the Cyclone rally, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to help erase an 11-point deficit. Iowa held a 41-38 lead after three quarters.
A back-and-forth final quarter ensued, with Carleton and Durr leading the charge for the Cyclones. Iowa State closed the deficit to just one on multiple occasions in the final minute, including on a pair of Carleton free throws with 28 seconds remaining. However, ISU was never able to pull even in the final stanza, and Iowa was able to ice the game at the free throw line to pull away 61-55.
Players of Note
Bridget Carleton finished in double figures for the eighth-straight game to start the season, finishing with 17 points. She also added team highs with seven rebounds and six assists.
Bride Kennedy-Hopoate set a new career high, scoring 10 points, to go with five rebounds in 25 minutes.
Adrianna Camber continued to be a dead-eye from beyond the 3-point arc, going 3-of-4 from distance for 11 points and five rebounds.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 712 consecutive games.
*Kennedy-Hopoate scored double figures for her first time as a Cyclones with 10 points.
*Bridget Carleton was in double figures for the 50th time in her career, including all eight games this season. She also set a new career high with six assists.
*Adriana Camber was in double figures for the third consecutive game. She has made at least three 3-pointers in each of the last four games.
Iowa State is back at home on Sunday to take on North Carolina Central at noon.