The following is a press release couresy of Iowa State athletics communications.
LAS VEGAS – The 23rd-ranked Iowa State women’s basketball team (6-0, 0-0 Big 12) defeated the Auburn Tigers (4-3, 0-0 SEC) 68-57 at South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Iowa State improves to 6-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season with the win.
How it Happened:
Iowa State started off shaky as the Cyclones trailed by 11 with just eight minutes remaining in the first half. Sophomore Kidd Blaskowsky had the Cyclones covered with a few perfectly timed three’s to keep the Cyclones alive. Iowa State would mount a gritty comeback to close the half with a one-point lead, 33-23 at the half.
Iowa State would go on an 11-4 run to start the second half and they wouldn’t look back from there, grabbing as much as a 13-point lead late in the game..
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Game Ball Goes To…
Seanna Johnson. Johnson kept Iowa State alive with several key baskets in the first half when the Tigers took an 11-point lead. Johnson finished the first half with 11 points and two rebounds. In the second half she chipped in six more points and ended with 17 points and five rebounds.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*Iowa State extended its NCAA-record three-point streak to 587 games.
*ISU is 2-0 all-time against Auburn.
*ISU has now started 6-0 or better four times in the Fennelly era (1995-96, 2000-01, 2001-02).
*ISU has led at halftime in all six games this season.
*ISU has also outrebounded all six opponents this season.
*This is the first time ISU has won four consecutive games away from Hilton Coliseum since a five-game streak from Feb. 24-March 8, 2007.
*ISU has had at least three players score in double figures in five of six games this season.
*Christofferson netted her 64th career game in double figures.
*Johnson nabbed her fourth consecutive game in double figures.
*Buckley registered career bests in rebounds (seven), steals (three) and blocked shots (two).
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum to take on Northern Iowa on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.The game will be broadcast on Cyclones.tv.