SPOKANE, Wash. – The fifth-seeded Iowa State women’s basketball team fell to fourth-seeded Georgia, Monday by a final score of 65-60. The Cyclones finished the season 24-9.
The Cyclones were led by Chelsea Poppens’ 10th double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Anna Prins led the team in scoring with 23. Junior Hallie Christofferson also added 12 points in the Cyclone effort.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by double-digit scoring efforts from Shacobia Barbee and Anne Marie Armstrong, scoring 20 and 13, respectively.
The Cyclones and Bulldogs battled back and forth for the entirety of the first half, with neither team gaining more than a four-point advantage. Iowa State was in control for the first 10 minutes, until Anne Marie Armstrong hit three straight shots to give the Lady Bulldogs a 22-18 lead. Georgia shot 44% (8-18) on three pointers, while the Cyclones only connected on 5-16 (31%) threes in the first half. Nikki Moody hit a clutch three pointer with three seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 32 going into halftime.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the half on a 12-4 run, taking an early eight point lead, 42-34. The Cyclones then answered with a 19-1 run to take a four point lead 56-52, capped off by a Prins’ three pointer. The teams traded leads until the final minute, when Georgia made key plays to seal the victory.