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Turnovers doom Bluder’s Bunch in Ames

BY JORDAN GARRETSON | DECEMBER 11, 2009 7:30 AM

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Iowa State entered its game against Iowa averaging an NCAA-best 11.2 made 3-pointers per game.

On Thursday, the Cyclones (6-1) hit 16 shots from beyond the arc en route to an 85-66 victory over the Iowa women’s basketball team (5-5) in Hilton Coliseum. The loss is Iowa’s third straight, while the victory marks the Cyclones’ fifth-straight win overall, as well their fifth-straight against the Hawkeyes in Ames.

A total of 12,244 fans braved the blistering cold and filed into Hilton Coliseum to watch Iowa State avenge last year’s loss to the Hawkeyes. Iowa upset the then 22nd-ranked Cyclones, 66-46, on Dec. 7, 2008, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Thursday night was a vastly different story for Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and her squad.

“[Hilton Coliseum] is a tough place to play,” she said in a postgame radio interview. “They play well here. They play with a lot of confidence. They’re very emotional when they play, and they did a really good job.”

The Hawkeyes entered the game knowing they had to keep senior point guard Alison Lacey in check, but they weren’t able to do so.

Lacey scored 19 points while piling up 13 assists and 11 rebounds for only the second triple-double in the history of Iowa State women’s basketball.

If Lacey’s performance wasn’t too much to overcome, Iowa State’s Kelsey Bolte was. The 6-1 junior tallied a game-high 26 points. She was 9-of-14 from the field, including an astounding 8-of-13 clip from 3-point land. Led by 17 first-half points from Bolte, the Cyclones headed into the locker room with a 43-29 edge at the half.

Despite Bolte’s hot hand, the Hawkeyes clawed to remain within closing distance until the midway point of the second half. A 3-pointer from Iowa sophomore Kelly Krei at the 11:31 mark cut the Iowa State lead to 14, with the Hawkeyes trailing, 61-47.

Fourteen points were the closest Bluder’s Bunch could get for the rest of the game.

“I thought, OK, here’s our opportunity,” Bluder said in a postgame radio interview. “Here, we can get going right now. We just couldn’t get it going. Again, it comes down to missed box outs and too many turnovers.”

A mini 7-0 Iowa State run caused the lead to balloon to 21 points. Led by 14 points off of Iowa turnovers in the second half, the Cyclones took care of business and secured an 85-66 walloping against their rivals.

In total, Iowa State forced 19 Hawkeye turnovers on the night, ultimately leading to a season-low 50 field-goal attempts for the Hawkeyes.

“If we take away opportunities for ourselves to score, we’re not going to win ball games,” Iowa assistant coach Shannon Gage said in a postgame radio interview. “Every category here I can look at, it’s across the board. We can look at this and analyze this 10, 15 different ways, but it comes down to giving up 29 points off turnovers. You’re not going to win a ball game that way.”

Freshmen Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson were among the few bright spots for the Hawkeyes.

Printy led all Iowa scorers with 14 points, while Johnson recorded her second-career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Iowa will experience a layover because of finals before returning to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to take on Drake (5-2) at 1 p.m. Dec. 20. Drake handed Iowa State its only blemish of the season, 78-75, in Des Moines on Nov. 22.


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