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WBB: Defense Strong in 67-52 win over Texas Tech

logo_iowa_state_cyclonesAMES, Iowa – No. 22 Iowa State (15-5 overall, 6-4 Big 12) outscored Texas Tech (16-6 overall, 6-4 Big 12), 42-23 in the second half en route to a 67-52 victory Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State held the Red Raiders to just 28.8 percent shooting, including a 21.4 percent clip (6-28 FG) in the second period. It marks the eighth time this season where the Cyclones held an opponent to under 30 percent from the floor.

Chelsea Poppens led the balanced scoring effort for the Cyclones with 18 points, her ninth double-digit performance of the season. Hallie Christofferson totaled 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, registering her fifth double-double of the season. Christofferson also tied her career high with four blocks.

A sluggish start and foul trouble hurt the Cyclones early. ISU was just 2-of-12 from the field to begin the game and Cyclone starters Anna Prins and Poppens picked up two quick fouls each.

Poppens was charged with her second foul with 13:41 left in the first half and was forced to sit the rest of the opening period. The Red Raiders took advantage of Poppens’ absence, as Chynna Brown scored eighth-straight points to help give Tech a 20-12 lead with 6:50 left before intermission.

Christofferson picked up the slack for the Cyclones, keeping ISU within striking distance with 11 points, four rebounds and four blocks in the first half.

A Nikki Moody lay-up cut the Tech lead to just two points (27-25) with less than 0:10 seconds remaining, but Brown scored on a put-back at the buzzer to give TTU a 29-25 lead at the break.

Poppens and Moody went to work to open the second half, combining for 11 points- Poppens with six and Moody with five- in an 11-2 Cyclone run to give ISU a 36-31 lead with 15:46 left in the game.

The Cyclone defense was stout, forcing Tech to just 1-of-9 shooting from the field to open the second period. Casey Morris hit a 3-pointer to shrink the Cyclone lead to four points (38-34), but Prins scored her second-straight bucket moments later to give ISU a 40-34 advantage with 14:04 left in the game.

After another bucket by Poppens with 8:35 left, the Cyclones had a 49-35 lead, outscoring the Red Raiders, 24-6 to open the second half.

Iowa State’s largest lead was 17 points (65-48) with 1:37 remaining in the contest.

Nicole Blaskowsky chipped in with 10 points from off the bench, including a pair of 3-pointers. Moody finished the game with seven points and six assists.

Iowa State travels to Texas on Wednesday (Feb. 6). The game will tip at 7 p.m. CST on the Longhorn Network.

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