AMES, Iowa – An early 12-0 second-half run gave Iowa State control of its game against No. 17 Texas Tech Sunday at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones (10-7, 1-5 Big 12) outscored the Lady Raiders (14-4, 2-4 Big 12) 37-26 in the second half en route to a 66-49 victory.
Hallie Christofferson was important to the Cyclone victory on Sunday. The junior post a game-high 19 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers. She also grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Chelsea Poppens also joined Christofferson with a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Lauren Mansfield recorded 12 points, all in the second half. Nikki Moody filled up the box score with nine points, seven boards and seven assists.
Going into the second half with a 29-23 lead, the Iowa State offense was stuck in neutral after missing its first seven shots of the half. However, the Lady Raider offense was not much better, only posting three points in that stretch. The Cyclones went on a 12-0 run powered by two Mansfield 3-pointers to give Iowa State a 41-26 advantage. The Cyclones continued to build up its advantage throughout the half, getting their lead up to 20 at multiple points of the second half.
Coming off the bench, Christofferson gave the Iowa State offense a needed boost, draining two 3-pointres in the second half to help give Iowa State control of a close game. The Cyclones got their lead up to eight on a pair of Poppens free throws to make it 26-18 Iowa State. The Lady Raiders got it down to three points but Chassidy Cole drained a 3-pointer in the left corner with four seconds remaining to give Iowa State a 29-23 halftime lead.
Christofferson led the Cyclones with eight points and six rebounds. Poppens was also crucial on both fronts, providing six points and a game-high seven rebounds. Work on the glass was important to giving Iowa State its first half advantage, with the Cyclones outboarding the Lady Raiders 22-15 in the first stanza. Another crucial factor for the Cyclones was their work in shutting out TTU’s leading scorer Kierra Mallard in the first half.
The Lady Raiders were led by Monique Smalls with 13 points and five rebounds, the only TTU player in double-figures. Texas Tech leading scorer Kierra Mallard led the Lady Raiders with six rebounds but was shut out in the points column, going 0-for-9 from the field.
Iowa State is back on the road Wednesday at Kansas State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.