Cyclones find range in time to rout foe
By DAN JOHNSON
It took a half, but Iowa State found its 3-point touch in Saturday's 63-39 women's basketball victory against Tennessee-Martin in the Cyclone Shoot-Out.
After going 4-of-14 on 3-pointers in the first half, the Cyclones were 7-of-13 in the second half as they turned the game into a rout and improved to 10-2 before a Hilton Coliseum crowd of 7,382. Tennessee-Martin fell to 3-9.
Iowa State will complete the round-robin tournament at 3:30 p.m. today against Hampton (5-5), which lost 79-70 to Bowling Green on Saturday.
Iowa State led 30-20 at halftime and broke the game open early in the second half, using 3-pointers by Alison Lacey, Amanda Nisleit and Kelsey Bolte to go up 42-22 with 14:20 remaining.
"We definitely shot better from the 3-point line in the second half," said Bolte, who was scoreless in the first half, but scored nine points on three 3-pointers in the second half. "That's what we were looking for, because they were double-teaming in the post and that was open."
Lacey led Iowa State with 13 points while Nisleit had 11 and reserve center Jocelyn Anderson scored 10.
"The pace was really slow and they lulled us to sleep a little bit," Lacey said. "We knew coming out in the second half we'd try to control the tempo a little bit, try to run and hit some 3s. I think we did everything coaches asked us to in the second half."
Meanwhile, Iowa State's defense is starting to resemble the falling winter temperatures. The 39 points allowed was a season-best for the Cyclones, who held the Skyhawks to 31.3 percent shooting.It is the eighth opponent in 12 games that Iowa State has limited to 52 points or less and the fifth time the Cyclones have held a foe to under 46 points. For the season, the Cyclones rank eighth nationally, allowing 51 points per game.
While some strong defensive teams suffocate offenses with their athleticism and overwhelming pressure, Iowa State depends more on strategy.
The Cyclones' plan each game differs, spelling out things like which players they will allow to shoot, which they will double-team, and which they will not let drive to their left or right.
"My assistant coaches have done a great job of scouting our opponents," Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said, "and our kids have really embraced the fact that this is what they need to do to win.
"It's hard. You can tell from time to time some of our younger players have trouble, because we do change a lot of things on the fly. We're not doing it the same way every day, and tomorrow will be different than today. And to their credit, they're figuring it out."
Re: Cyclones find range in time to rout foe
Any CF posters at the game? Nisleit and Anderson have scored in double figures in both games since Ross's injury. Is that because of increased playing time, lack of quality opponents , player confidence, or all of the above?