ISU dropped by K-State in Big 12 tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Iowa State women’s basketball team was one and done at the Big 12 Tournament. The Cyclones fell to No. 24 Kansas State 74-67 Saturday in the quarterfinal round.

Iowa State (18-12) took a 13-4 lead in the first quarter, going on a 10-0 run that spanned more than five minutes. But scoring for Iowa State went cold in the second quarter as the Cyclones missed their first 11 shots of the period. Despite the struggle to get a field goal to fall, ISU trailed just 25-24 at halftime.

Kayla Goth paced Kansas State (22-9) with 25 points off the bench, as the Wildcats got 45 points from their reserve players. Eternati Willock, also off the bench, posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“It’s hard, but you see what happens,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly. “No. 1, you can control yourself. That’s what we talked about with our team; and No. 2, it’s not a surprise that someone like Kayla Goth comes off the bench and gets 25 points. We got killed off the bench. This game for us is about making shots … You’ve got to make the hard plays, get a defensive rebound, you gotta make a key shot. I thought our kids competed as good as they could, but today K-State was just a better team. That’s to their credit.”

The Cyclones took a 33-30 lead 2:33 into the third quarter, but the Wildcats went on a 20-5 run in the next 5:10 to claim a 50-38 lead. The Cyclones fought back the final 2:17 of the third and into the fourth quarter with an 18-6 run to tie things 56-all with 6:50 play. But a scoring drought that lasted nearly six minutes ultimately cost the Cyclones.

Emily Durr led ISU with 21 points, and Heather Bowe added 13 points and eight rebounds. Seanna Johnson and Bridget Carleton, ISU’s top two leading scorers, were both held below their season averages. Johnson scored 12 points and Carleton totaled just six.

“They guarded her really hard, and she was 2-for-11,” Fennelly said of Carleton. “You have those nights. Similar gameplan. They denied her the ball and did a good job of preventing her from scoring. But, you know, she got 11 shots off. It just wasn’t her night. She is a great player and a great kid, and that’s the nature of basketball. We wouldn’t be where we are without her, but today just wasn’t a good day for her.”

Iowa State now awaits its fate for the NCAA tournament, which will be revealed on March 13.

No. 24 Kansas St. 74, Iowa St. 67

Iowa St. (18-12) — Burkhall 2-7 0-0 5, Buckley 2-7 4-4 9, Carleton 2-11 2-2 6, Durr 7-22 2-3 21, Johnson 5-11 0-0 12, Bowe 6-14 1-1 13, Starks 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS 24-72 10-12 67.

Kansas St. (22-9) — Williams 1-4 0-1 2, Lewis 2-5 2-2 6, Martin 1-7 3-4 6, Middlebrook 1-3 0-0 3, Wesemann 3-7 4-4 12, Page 1-3 2-2 5, Page 0-1 0-0 0, Sheble 1-2 1-2 3, Willock 5-9 2-3 12, Goth 8-19 6-6 25, Thomson 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 23-60 20-24 74.

Iowa St. 15 9 23 20 — 67

Kansas St. 7 18 29 20 — 74

3-Point Goals–Iowa St. 9-32 (Burkhall 1-1, Buckley 1-3, Carleton 0-3, Durr 5-16, Johnson 2-6, Bowe 0-3), Kansas St. 8-25 (Martin 1-5, Middlebrook 1-3, Wesemann 2-4, Page 1-2, Page 0-1, Goth 3-10). Assists–Iowa St. 16 (Johnson 5), Kansas St. 15 (Wesemann 6). Fouled Out–Iowa St. Carleton, Johnson, Kansas St. Lewis. Rebounds–Iowa St. 41 (Carleton 8), Kansas St. 45 (Willock 10). Total Fouls–Iowa St. 18, Kansas St. 14. A–3,420.