AMES, Iowa – Without the services of post players Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins, someone had to step up for Iowa State in Sunday’s home game against Mississippi Valley State. Hallie Christofferson got the message.
The sophomore scored a career-high 24 points in 22 minutes of play as the Cyclones posted a 77-47 victory over the Devilettes Sunday in Hilton Coliseum. The victory lifts Iowa State to 6-2. Mississippi Valley State falls to 2-5.
Christofferson scored 11 of Iowa State’s first 16 points with a 3-pointer and four buckets under the basket as Iowa State jumped out to a 16-6 advantage in the first six minutes. The Cyclones were off to the races and steadily built a lead that stood at 40-19 at the half. Christofferson left the game with 12:29 remaining. Her previous single-game points high was 21 at Kansas last season.
Amanda Zimmerman scored 11 points in 12 second-half minutes. Fallon Ellis had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Brynn Williamson added 10 points her first career start.
Mississippi Valley State hit on just 3-of-18 shots beyond the arc. The Devilettes were led by 11 points and nine rebounds from Ka’Neshia Smith and Brittney Lakes also reached double-figures with 10 points.
With Poppens sitting out the contest, her streak of 73 consecutive games played was broken. Iowa State has now won 62 straight regular-season nonconference home games.
Iowa State’s next game is when it plays host to Northern Iowa Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. CST in Hilton Coliseum.