Big Second Half Leads Cyclone Women Over Kansas

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February 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Chelsea Poppens scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Hallie Christofferson added 14 points as Iowa State pulled away in the second half for a 66-47 Big 12 victory over Kansas Wednesday in Hilton Coliseum. The win moves Iowa State (15-9 overall, 6-7 Big 12) into a tie with the Jayhawks (17-8 overall, 6-7 Big 12) for fifth-place in the Big 12 standings.

Iowa State trailed 23-21 at halftime before the Cyclones scored the first 14 points of the second half. When Christofferson hit the Iowa State’s third 3-pointer since halftime the Cyclones led 35-23 with 15:42 remaining. Moments earlier, Poppens had run down a loose ball, drove from halfcourt to the basket and finished on a layup that nearly brought the Hilton crowd to its feet. Poppens’ performance marked his 19th double-double this season.

Chassidy Cole was the catalyst for Iowa State’s 45-24 second-half surge, finishing with eight points, a career-high 11 assists, and eight rebounds.

The game started well for Iowa State. The Cyclones led 15-6 with 11:45 left in the first half after Poppens made her second consecutive basket. Another Poppens bucket gave Iowa State a 21-14 advantage with just 2:56 to go. It was then that Kansas found its mark. Aishah Sutherland, who had 12 first-half points, made the shot that tied the game, 21-21 with 1:16 to go. Monica Engleman’s jumper with 24 seconds left gave the Jayhawks a 23-21 lead at intermission. KU scored nine unanswered points in the final 2:56 of the first half. Sutherland led Kansas with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Iowa State’s biggest enemy was itself as 11 turnovers plagued the Cyclone first half offensive effort and offset Iowa State’s rebound advantage of 27-11. Iowa State had an overall rebounding advantage of 38-22. The final rebound margin was the Cyclones’ best in Big 12 play this season. Iowa State committed just four second-half turnovers.

Iowa State plays host to Oklahoma Saturday at 7 p.m. CST in Hilton Coliseum on Mediacom.