The No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes handed the No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones a 70-57 defeat in the annual Cy-Hawk game in Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday.
Like last year’s game it was a battle of ranked teams. But, Iowa State (6-2) won last year’s matchup in Ames, 77-70.
This time the Hawkeyes (7-3) broke open a close game in the third quarter, outscoring the Cyclones, 27-8, to build an insurmountable lead. Iowa also avoided losing to two Big 12 teams in the same season. Kansas State, then unranked, upset Iowa in Manhattan, Kan., last month.
Ashley Joens, the Iowa City native playing her final Cy-Hawk with the Cyclones, finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Center Stephanie Soares, the NAIA transfer, had another double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. She also blocked four shots.
Two other Cyclones hit double figures. Guard Emily Ryan had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Guard Lexi Donarski had 10 points and four assists.
Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, like Joens an All-American, had a game-high 19 points. She also had eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Forward Monica Czinano added a double-double of her own with 18 points and 10 assists. Guard Kate Martin had 13 points and five rebounds.
The Cyclones have three more games remaining before the start of Big 12 action, with all three at home. The Cyclones host Jacksonvile on Sunday, No. 25 Villanova on Dec. 18 and Drake on Dec. 22. Iowa State opens Big 12 action at Texas Tech on New Year’s Eve.
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