AMES – The Iowa State women’s basketball team (12-16, 6-11 Big 12) played its last game In Hilton Coliseum for the season, falling to No. 6 Texas (23-5, 14-3 Big 12), 72-59.
Junior Bridget Carleton continued to be a force for the Cyclones offensively. She scored 23 points on the evening and did a good job of finding her teammates, racking up four assists.
After the game, Iowa State honored its seniors Emily Durr and Claire Ricketts.
Texas held a 21-17 lead after the first quarter. The Longhorns began the second quarter on a 10-0 run before a Carleton 15 footer broke the ISU scoring drought. In total, Carleton poured in 10 first-half points.
At the break, the Cyclones trailed the Longhorns 41-29. UT held Iowa State to just 11-31 shooting in the first half, including 3-11 from deep. Texas also outrebounded Iowa State 27-12 in the first half.
Iowa State close the third quarter on an 8-0 run, holding the Longhorns scoreless for the final three minutes of the quarter. The Cardinal and Gold punctuated the run when Carleton hit a streaking Adriana Camber for a buzzer-beating layup. Heading to the fourth, ISU had trimmed the UT lead to just 52-45.
ISU clawed back, re-cutting Texas’ lead to just seven a couple of times in the quarter, but couldn’t amass the comeback needed to knock off the Longhorns. In the end, ISU fell to Texas, 72-59.
Bridget Carleton turned in another great performance for Iowa State. She tallied 23 points on the day, while also bringing in six rebounds, distributing four assists and nabbing three steals.
On a day when rebounds were at a premium for the Cyclones, Madison Wise did well to clean up the boards. She collected six rebounds while also scoring seven points and blocking two shots.
Iowa State will wrap up the regular season with a trip to Lawrence, Kan. to take on Kansas. The Cyclones and Jayhawks are set to tip-off on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on JTV and ESPN3.