Women's Basketball

WBB: Cyclones win Big 12 opener behind Bridget Carleton’s 30 points

The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State Athletic Communications. 

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (7-5, 1-0 Big 12) defeated Kansas (9-3, 0-1 Big 12) in its Big 12 opener, 71-69 in an overtime thriller. At the end of regulation, the score was locked 64-64, with the Cyclones outscoring the Jayhawks 7-5 in the overtime period.

It was a career night for Bridget Carleton as she cashed in her 1,000th career point as a Cyclone. She led all scorers with 30 points in the game, while flirting with a double-double, bringing in nine rebounds.

Carleton scored all seven of Iowa State’s points in overtime. The Chatham, Ontario native gave the Cyclones a 67-64 lead to open the extra period on a beautiful and-one. From there, ISU fended off KU’s comeback efforts, winning the contest 71-69.

How It Happened

Iowa State held an 18-17 after the first quarter of action. All of the Cyclones’ scoring came from a balanced attack of Bride Kennedy-Hopoate, Carleton and Emily Durr. ISU led for all but 37 seconds in the first half, but a late Kansas three ball put the Jayhawks up 31-29 at the half.

Kansas extended their lead to as many as six in the third quarter, but Iowa State cut the Jayhawk lead down to 50-49 heading to the fourth quarter. Adriana Camber plashed two three pointers in the quarter to lead the Cyclones in the period.

Iowa State continued to chip at the Jayhawk lead, but was unable to reclaim control of the game. That was until a Durr inbound pass with 23 seconds left in the game found Carleton under the hoop for a reverse layup. The Cyclones took a 62-61 lead on the basket. However, that would not up the game away.

A pair of Carleton free throws led to a 64-61 lead with 19 seconds remaining. Kansas’ Kylee Kopatich connected on a deep three to send the game to overtime tied 64-64.

Players of Note

Bridget Carleton scored her 1,000th career point on Thursday night. The junior from splashed a game-high 30 points behind 11-22 shooting, including 4-8 from deep. She also collected nine rebounds and dished out three assists.

Bride Kennedy-Hopoate scored a career-high 15 points for the Cyclones. The Brisbane, Australia, native was busy on the boards, bringing in six rebounds.

Adriana Camber was a stat-stuffer for the Cardinal and Gold. She scored six points in the contest, all of which came in the second half. She was responsible for nine of Iowa State rebounds, while churning out an assist and a steal.

Up Next

It’s a quick turnaround for the Cyclones. Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Sunday to face Oklahoma. The contest between the Cyclones and the Sooners is set to tip at 2 p.m., and will be televised on Cyclones.TV.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.