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Iowa State Women Beat Oklahoma in Top 25 Big 12 Matchup

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Texas vs Iowa State

No. 12 Iowa State snagged its second win over a Top 25 women’s team, as the Cyclones defeated No. 23 Oklahoma, 81-71, on Wednesday night in Norman, Oklahoma.

Iowa State guard Emily Ryan, coming off a game in which she had a career-high 16 assists, set a season-high with 22 points, along with eight assists. She was one of four Cyclones in double figures in scoring.

The contest was a matchup of the two highest-scoring teams in the Big 12, as Oklahoma entered the game averaging 89.7 points per game, while Iowa State averaged 82.7 points per game.

 

The Cyclones got control of the game in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Sooners, 46-31, in those two quarters. But, the Sooners rallied to start the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run, cutting Iowa State’s lead to six points before a time out. From there, the Cyclones regained control of the contest.

Ashley Joens had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, though she struggled from the floor, shooting 20 percent from the floor. Beatriz Jordao came off the bench to give Iowa State 15 points, while Morgan Kane added 10 points.  

Iowa State (13-1, 2-0 in Big 12) has won six straight games, with its only loss coming to a then-unranked LSU, 69-60, on Dec. 2. The Tigers are now in the AP Top 25.

Oklahoma (12-2, 1-1) played its first game as a ranked team this season, after flirting with the Top 25 for the previous two weeks. OU’s loss snapped a nine-game winning streak.

Madi Williams had a huge game for the Sooners, scoring 26 points and grabbing nine rebounds as the Sooners continue to feel their way through a rotation without Ana Llanusa, who is out for the rest of the season due to injury.

Kelbie Washington, fresh off National Freshman of the Week honors, added 11 points. The Cyclones managed to hold OU’s top 3-point shooter, Taylor Robertson, to just eight points.

Iowa State hosts TCU at 1 p.m. on Jan. 8, while Oklahoma travels to Kansas at 4 p.m. on Jan. 8.

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