AMES – Iowa State (9-4, 0-2 Big 12) fell to No. 16 Texas (8-4, 2-0 Big 12) in a 75-68 heart-breaker at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. The Cyclones erased a double-digit halftime deficit to take a 60-59 lead with just over three minutes to play, but were unable to stop a strong Longhorn effort to close out the game.
Jadda Buckley, a former Mason City Mohawk standout, led Iowa State with 19 points and seven assists, followed by Seanna Johnson with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The Cyclones came out and put together an impressive first quarter performance. Head coach Bill Fennelly inserted senior Heather Bowe into the starting lineup for the first time this season, and the move paid dividends immediately. Bowe scored six points in the opening quarter and was a crucial presence in the post, helping the Cyclones to an 11-9 rebounding advantage against the much taller UT front line. ISU held a 21-20 lead after one on a Bowe 3-pointer with two seconds to play in the period.
The back-and-forth affair continued through much of the second quarter, as the teams found themselves tied at 30-30 with 3:30 to play in the half when the Cyclones ended up on the wrong end of a critical stretch to close the half. Iowa State went cold from the field, closing out the stanza just 2-of-19 from the field, including 10-straight misses in the final minutes, as the Longhorns went on an 11-0 run to lead 41-30 at the break. Seanna Johnson led the way with eight points and four rebounds at the half.
The Cyclones put together a phenomenal third quarter, outscoring the Longhorns 16-8 in the period behind a strong defensive stretch and some timely shot-making by Jadda Buckley. The junior guard scored seven of Iowa State’s first nine points in the half to help break ISU out of its offensive slump. Texas was just 4-of-10 from the field with six turnovers in the period, as Iowa State closed the deficit to 49-46.
Texas extended its lead to eight points less than two minutes into the final quarter, but the Cyclones once again found a response. Iowa State mounted an 11-2 run that culminated in a Jadda Buckley drive and finish late in the shot clock to give Iowa State its first lead of the second half at 58-57 with 4:10 to play. With ISU still clinging to a one-point lead with just over three minutes to play, Texas reeled-off nine consecutive points to take back control and held on for the 75-68 victory
Jadda Buckley os the Cyclone Player of the Game. The junior guard had team-highs of 19 points and seven assists on the afternoon on 7-of-13 shooting. The Cyclones went to Buckley when baskets were hard to come by, and she delivered. Her scoring spurt in the third quarter was essential to Iowa State to erasing a double-digit halftime deficit.
Cyclone Quick Notes
*Iowa State extended its NCAA-record streak to 686 games with a made 3-pointer.
*Iowa State has shot 80 percent or better from the free-throw line in nine of 13 games this season.
*Seanna Johnson reached 900 rebounds in 103 games, the quickest in school history (106, Angie Welle).
*Heather Bowe reached double figures for the third time this season in her first start as a Cyclone.
*Jadda Buckley had her 43rd career game with five or more assists (10th of the season).
The Cyclones are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 as they travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech. Tip time is set for 6 p.m. CT on FS+.