Cyclones can’t catch No. 22 Sooners

AMES — In another case of ‘almost, but not quite,’ an inopportune scoring drought in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter gave No. 22 Oklahoma the edge to best the Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum, 67-57 on Wednesday night.

Bridget Carleton led the way for the Cyclones (10-6, 1-4 Big 12) with 15 points and six rebounds, while Jadda Buckley finished with eight points and five assists, while tallying her 999th career point.

“At the end of the day, it’s my responsibility to put this team in a chance to win games,” said ISU head coach Bill Fennelly. “Every game we’ve lost in the Big 12 and you add Mississippi State, we’ve been in the game with a chance to win. Nobody gives a rat aboyut that. You got to win games.”

Seanna Johnson added 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss, while Vionise Pierre-Louis posted an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double to pace along the Sooners (13-4, 4-12 Big 12).

Iowa State had managed to cut the deficit to just 57-55 with just less than five minutes to play. And despite shooting 0-for-7 from the arc, the Cyclones had a chance to finish off a ranked opponent for the first time this year.

But a scoring drought that led to a 10-2 Oklahoma run handed the Cyclones’ their fourth conference loss of the year.

“We played against a post player that just put their all-Big 12 campaign and when your best three players went 13-for-40 you’re not going to win,” Fennelly said.

Meredith Burkhall came off the bench to record her second double-double of the year, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Iowa State managed to out-rebound Oklahoma 39-38, but was drastically outscored in the paint, 32-24.

Johnson’s nine rebounds put her fourth all-time in school history with 923 boards, passing Tonya Burns.

“We’ve lost six games and five of them we were in the game with a chance to win the game,” Fennelly said. “You got to win the game. You got to do the right things to win the game.”

Former Ankeny graduate Maddie Manning posted 10 points and five rebounds in her final trip to Ames for her senior season.

No. 22 Oklahoma 67, Iowa St. 57

Oklahoma (13-4) — Pierre-Louis 8-12 2-3 18, Ortiz 5-13 1-1 11, Carter 2-5 7-8 11, Manning 3-11 2-2 10, Little 2-5 2-6 8, Treece 2-2 0-0 4, Wyatt 1-2 0-0 3, Dungee 1-4 0-0 2, Mulkey 0-1 0-0 0, Odimgbe 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 24-55 14-20 67.

Iowa St. (10-6) — Carleton 6-17 2-2 15, Johnson 4-14 5-6 14, Burkhall 5-11 0-0 11, Buckley 3-9 1-2 8, Durr 1-6 1-2 4, Camber 1-1 0-0 3, Bowe 1-4 0-0 2, Starks 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 21-62 9-12 57.

Oklahoma 14 14 21 18 — 67

Iowa St. 16 14 12 15 — 57

3-Point Goals–Oklahoma 5-15 (Little 2-5, Manning 2-5, Wyatt 1-2, Dungee 0-1, Ortiz 0-2), Iowa St. 6-27 (Buckley 1-4, Burkhall 1-3, Carleton 1-7, Johnson 1-7, Camber 1-1, Durr 1-4, Bowe 0-1). Assists–Oklahoma 10 (Manning 3), Iowa St. 12 (Buckley 5). Fouled Out–Durr. Rebounds–Oklahoma 38 (Pierre-Louis 16), Iowa St. 39 (Burkhall 11). Total Fouls–Oklahoma 17, Iowa St. 19. A–10,043.