AMES, Ia. — Iowa State’s Brynn Williamson took all of her shots outside the 3-point arc Thursday.
With her aim, why change success?
Williamson hit five 3-pointers, all in the first half, to lead the No.17-ranked Cyclones to an 83-70 win over No.21 Iowa Thursday in a women’s basketball game at Hilton Coliseum.
“After the first one went in, and then the next one and the next one, it was like, ‘All right, my team is getting me open shots,’” Williamson said.
Williamson entered the game averaging 8.1 points, the lowest total of any Cyclone starter. She finished with a career-high 21 points.
The Cy-Hawk Series win kept Iowa State unbeaten at 9-0. Iowa fell to 10-2. Iowa State leads the Cy-Hawk Series 8-7 with the women’s basketball victory.
Iowa State’s Hallie Christofferson had 18 points and 14 rebounds. She had entered the game with a 25-point average — the eighth-highest of any DivisionI player — but was held to 4-of-14 shooting. She hit nine free throws and combined with Seanna Johnson (16 rebounds) to be a rebounding force.
“(The win is) so big for us and leaves us with a good spirit in our minds,” Christofferson said.
Freshman guard Jadda Buckley added 19 points. She sank 14-of-16 free-throw attempts and had one turnover in 38 minutes.
Buckley also helped Iowa State shut down an Iowa offense that had averaged nearly 100 points in its last three games and ranked No.19 nationally in scoring with 84.1 points a game.
Iowa State’s defense forced 18 turnovers.
“They just were really good at pressure,” Iowa center Bethany Doolittle said. “It kind of got to us at times.”
Five Iowa players scored in double figures. Samantha Logic led the Hawkeyes with 18 points. Theairra Taylor and Doolittle had 12, Melissa Dixon and Ally Disterhoft added 11.
Iowa State built a 41-28 halftime lead as Williamson scored 15 points. She hit five of 10 field-goal tries, all from 3-point range. She had missed Iowa State’s last game, on Sunday, due to a contusion on her head.
“When everything’s shaking at Hilton and everything’s just going crazy, if I miss one, I’ve got to think every shot after that is going in,” Williamson said.
Iowa State held a 46-37 rebounding advantage. The Cyclones made 37-of-49 free throws to Iowa’s 13-of-20 shooting.
“They had 49 free throws to our 20 and that’s a big margin to overcome,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.
Iowa State used a 13-0 run in the first half to take a 27-13 lead. Williamson, Christofferson and Nicole Blaskowsky all hit 3-pointers during that stretch.
Iowa’s Samantha Logic scored eight points during a 17-6 Hawkeye run midway through the second half. That cut Iowa State’s lead to 61-51, but Iowa couldn’t get closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Cyclones beat Drake and Northern Iowa to sweep their Big Four foes.
“We won the state championship, which is a great thing for our program and our university,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said.
Iowa State will continue to try to pursue its winning ways.
“We can’t think this is March,” Williamson said. “We have 18 more games like that.”
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