The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State Athletics Communication.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Iowa State (3-4, 0-0 Big 12) dropped a nail-biter, to Vanderbilt (3-6, 0-0 SEC) 77-74, Saturday afternoon in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Junior Bridget Carleton was phenomenal for the Cyclones, pouring in 30 points, eight rebounds and three assists for her fourth 30-point outing of her career.
ISU had three players in double figures, led by Carleton’s 30 points. She was joined in double figures by Madison Wise (14) and Adriana Camber (11). Carleton and BrideKennedy-Hopate led the team with eight rebounds each, while Emily Durr led the team with six assists.
How It Happened
The game was a rollercoaster from the get-go. The Cyclones got off to a quick start, leading 7-0 before Vanderbilt made their first bucket more than two minutes into the game, but Vanderbilt stormed back to cut the lead to just four at the break.
The Cyclones struggled to score early in the second quarter, making just one bucket in the first 4:30. Vanderbilt led 29-24 before Iowa State went on a 14-4 run to end the half. Iowa State was led by Carleton, with 16 first-half points, while Wise added nine points, giving the Cyclones a 38-33 lead.
The Commodores stormed back in the third quarter, led by Rachel Bell, who scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half. The Cyclones struggled offensively in the third quarter, being outscored by 10. Carleton added eight points in the third quarter, followed by Camber’s six.
The Cyclones got back into a groove late in the fourth quarter, after trailing by 10 points with just five minutes left, but the Commodores’ balanced scoring attacked proved to be too much. Iowa State tied the game at 72 with just under two minutes left on a layup by Kennedy-Hopate, but the Cyclones missed their remaining field goals and were forced to foul. Vanderbilt would prevail in the end, 77-74.
Players of Note
Bridget Carleton led the Iowa State effort with 30 points on 10-of-21 shooting, while also grabbing eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Carleton also finished 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Madison Wise put up 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3-for-5 from three.
Adriana Camber added 11 pioints on 4-for-11 shooting, while also snagging four rebounds.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum Wed., Dec. 6 at 6:30 to square off against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.