The Iowa State women’s basketball team went on the road Saturday evening to defeat Colorado 68-62. In the game, senior Alison Lacey scored 32 points to lead the way. Below is the official press release from the game sent out by www.cyclones.com.
BOULDER, Colo. – Senior Alison Lacey took control in the second half, scoring 18 straight points down the stretch for the Cyclones as the Iowa State women’s basketball team escaped the Coors Events Center with a 68-62 win over Colorado Saturday night in Big 12 Conference action. ISU snapped a two-game skid and improved to 13-3 overall and 1-2 in the league. Lacey led the Cyclones with a season-high 32 points, going 10-for-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from long range. Kelsey Bolte finally found her scoring touch again, scoring 15 for ISU. Anna Prins scored seven points and grabbed five boards in her return home to Colorado. Denae Stuckey led ISU on the glass with 10 boards. Colorado had three players in double figures, led by Chucky Jeffrey’s 17 points. Iowa State shot 51.7 percent in the second half and finished hitting 41.1 percent from the floor for the contest. The Cyclones hit 8-of-19 three-point attempts. Colorado was also hot in the second half, hitting 45.5 percent from the field, and knocking down 37.2 percent for the contest. CU was 6-of-23 from beyond the arc. The Cyclones were strong on the glass all night long, winning the battle of the boards, 43-26. The Cyclones trailed 26-24 at the break after shooting just 29.6 percent from the field and hitting three treys. The Buffs shot 28.6 percent over the first 20 minutes and got nearly half their points from the charity stripe, hitting 12-of-16 free throws. The Cyclones’ rebounding effort saved them in the first half, outrebounding the Buffs, 24-15. ISU pulled 11 boards off the offensive glass and scored 10 second-chance points. ISU committed 13 first-half turnovers. Iowa State got out to a 9-1 start, getting early scoring from four different players, including four points from Prins. Lacey was called for her second foul of the half and went the bench with 13 minutes remaining. The Cyclones led 15-7 with a little more than eight minutes left, but CU took advantage of Lacey’s time on the bench and went on a 14-1 run to take a 23-16 lead. Fennelly was forced to put Lacey back into the game with three minutes left on the clock as the Cyclone offense had gone completely dry. She reentered and immediately knocked down a trey from the corner to ignite an 8-3 ISU run at the end of the half to cut the margin to two points (26-24). The Cyclones went on a 13-5 run coming out of the locker room, getting six points from Lacey and a lucky bounce on a three-pointer by Whitney Williams. ISU was up 37-31 before the teams traded three consecutive three-pointers. Lacey scored four straight as ISU led 50-44 with eight minutes to go in the contest, but the Buffs responded with a 9-0 run, including six points from Jeffery. The Cyclones again went to Lacey for offense as she hit back-to-back treys to give ISU a one-point advantage (56-55), in the midst of her 18 straight points. Colorado scored four points to take its final lead of the contest, 59-56. Lacey answered with a traditional three-point play and then knocked down a trey to give ISU a 62-59 lead. From there it became a free-throw shooting contest, and the Cyclones hit just enough to hold off the Buffaloes. The Cyclones return to Ames to play host to Kansas Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.