Dec. 8, 2005
AMES, IA — The Iowa State women’s basketball team defeated Iowa 77-61 Thursday night at Hilton Coliseum. The loss was Iowa’s fifth-straight in Ames. The victory increases Iowa State’s lead in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series to 7-2.
Iowa freshman Megan Skouby made a 10-foot jumper with 7:00 left in the first half to give the Hawkeyes a 25-24 advantage. The Cyclones responded in a big way, scoring 13 of the final 15 points to take a 37-27 lead into half. Iowa only made only three of its last 18 field goal attempts in the first period.
Iowa State (4-1) opened the second half on an 8-0 run to stretch its lead to 18 (45-27). The Cyclones led 51-33 with 15:32 left before Iowa went on a 15-3 run to trim the deficit to six (54-48) with 9:51 remaining, but that was as close as the Hawkeyes would get.
Iowa State played only six players. All five starters scored double figures, including junior guard Lyndsey Medders who posted game highs in points (20) and assists (14). Three Cyclones pulled down double digit rebounds (Brittany Wilkins, 13; Nicky Wieben, 12; Megan Ronhovde, 11).
Iowa (4-4) was led by Tiffany Reedy, Crystal Smith and Krista VandeVenter. Reedy scored 11 of her 13 points in the first 12:13 of the first half. The 13 points matched a season high. Smith also tallied 13 points and grabbed four rebounds. VandeVenter netted all 12 of her points in the second period. She also equaled a career high with 14 rebounds, collecting her fourth career double-double.
After failing to make any 3-pointers in its last game for the first time in 217 games, Iowa converted 7-23 (.304) from behind the arc.
All 16 Hawkeye bench points tonight came from freshmen. Skouby scored eight points on 4-7 shooting from the field, while Kristi Smith contributed six points and Wendy Ausdemore added two. Ausdemore also corralled a season-high five rebounds.
The game featured four ties and three lead changes.
Iowa returns to action 10 days from tonight when the Hawkeyes host Drake on December 18. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.