MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 22/23 West Virginia University women’s basketball team suffered an 80-55 loss to Iowa State on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (16-7, 4-7 Big 12 Conference) suffered their first loss to the Cyclones (13-10, 4-8) in the last four games and fell to 7-3 all-time in the series. After the two teams traded the lead four times in the opening two minutes, ISU took a 7-5 lead and never looked back.
“Needless to say, Iowa State came in here on our home floor and played five times harder than we did,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “Give them credit. We make people play their best. We didn’t play any defense. We don’t care about defense. We look so one-on-one defensively, one-on-one offensively. I don’t have any answers.”
Sophomore guard Katrina Pardee
led the Mountaineers with 16 points, including a career-high-tying 12 from three-point range, and added five rebounds. Sophomore guard Tynice Martin
also reached double figures, with 13 points, all in the second half, and a team-high five assists. On the glass, senior center Lanay Montgomery
and junior forward Teana Muldrow
each had nine rebounds. Off the bench, sophomore Alexis Brewer
had nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with three assists.
For Iowa State, guard Bridget Carleton scored a game-high 31 points on 12-21 shooting with 12 points from beyond the arc. She added seven rebounds. The Cyclones shot 51.8 percent from the field (29-56) and scored 26 points in the paint to WVU’s six.
The Mountaineers shot 29.7 percent (19-64) and 24.1 percent from three-point range (7-29). WVU’s bench outscored Iowa State’s, 9-7.
The Mountaineers trailed early, as the Cyclones opened the game shooting 6-8 from the field to take a 14-8 lead. After a timeout on the floor, ISU extended the advantage to 16-8 before West Virginia chipped away at the deficit. A Muldrow jumper and a Brewer three made it a 16-13 game before Iowa State scored the final points of the quarter to take an 18-13 lead after 10 minutes of play.
The WVU defense held Iowa State to 2-8 from the field and 0-3 from beyond the arc in the final 4:22 of the first quarter.
Pardee opened the second quarter with a three, her third of the game, to cut the Iowa State lead to just two at 18-16. The Cyclones responded with a 12-3 run, holding the Mountaineers scoreless for nearly three minutes. A jumper by junior guard Chania Ray
halted the scoring drought, and Brewer followed with a three to make it 32-24. Ray then converted on a four-point play, where she was fouled while making a three and made the ensuing free throw.
With 1:27 left, the Cyclone lead had been cut to 32-28. The visitors responded with a 5-0 run to end the half, taking a 37-28 lead into the locker room.
West Virginia was 10-33 from the field and 6-16 from 3-point range in the first half, while Iowa State was 16-31 and 5-15 from beyond the arc. ISU held a 14-6 advantage in points in the paint and a 9-2 edge in second-chance points. The Cyclones had 23 rebounds to the Mountaineers’ 16.
Muldrow opened the scoring in the third quarter with a jumper, but the Cyclones answered with a three to make it a 10-point game, 40-30. Iowa State extended its advantage to 13, its largest of the game, at 46-33.
Out of a WVU timeout, Martin hit a jumper, but ISU answered right back with a three. The Iowa State lead reached 17 at 54-37, the largest lead of the game, before a Martin jumper made it 54-39. Iowa State closed the quarter on a 6-2 run to take a 60-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
A pair of free throws in the opening minute of the final quarter extended Iowa State’s lead to 21, at 62-41. Martin quickly answered with a jumper to cut the deficit to 19 points, but that was as close as the Mountaineers could get. Iowa State outscored West Virginia 20-14 in the final 10 minutes to seal the victory.
No. 22/23 WVU hits the road for another top 25 matchup at No. 18/22 Oklahoma on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The game is slated for an 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT tipoff and will air on FOX College Sports Central/FOX Sports Oklahoma. (FOX College Sports is no longer provided to Comcast subscribers.)
Saturday’s loss to Iowa State moves the all-time series to 7-3 in favor of West Virginia … Katrina Pardee
made four shots from downtown, marking a season high and matching a career high … Pardee also attempted a career-high 10 shots from beyond the arc … Lanay Montgomery
extended her consecutive games with a block streak to 18 … Montgomery has recorded a block in 58 of the last 61 games … Montgomery grabbed nine rebounds, tying a game-high and marking the 97th straight game that she has had a rebound … Chania Ray
has now dished out an assist in 25 straight games after recording two assists against the Cyclones … Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton scored 31 points against the Mountaineers, marking the first time that an opposing player has scored 30 or more since Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell scored 45 against March 20, 2016 … The Mountaineers shot 29.7% (19-64) from the field, the lowest percentage since shooting 26.5% against Texas on January 12, 2014
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