AMES, Iowa. — Take a look at the box score and that’s all you need in order to know how Sunday’s game at Hilton Coliseum went for the Cyclones.
Coach Bill Fennelly’s squad snapped a four-game losing streak, topping North Carolina Central 99-58.
It was a full team effort for Iowa State, with every Cyclone scoring in the contest. In only 26 minutes of play, Bridget Carleton led all scorers with 21 points, to go along with six assists.
Emily Durr had nine assists of her own, as the duo made it an emphasis to get the ball moving in the first half.
The major takeaway from the game was the play of Iowa State in the paint. Meredith Burkhall (19 points, six rebounds) and Kristen Scott (19 points, seven rebounds) took turns dominating down-low, albeit against a smaller-Eagles team.
“It was a mismatch in competition, but not every day can be the hardest day in work. Fennelly said. “Sometimes you need something that makes you feel good.”
After missing their first seven shots from three-point range, the Cyclones started to find their rhythm, finishing 7 for 11 from three.
It was a “get-right” game for ISU, and that’s ok.
“It’s been a mental grind for our group the last 3 weeks. We haven’t had a chance to relax much in the last month,” said Fennelly.
ISU tallied a season-high 12 steals
ISU hit a season-high 29 assists on 37 field goals
ISU’s 99 points are its most since Dec. 4th, 2016 (100 vs. New Orleans)