Cyclones stave off Green Wave, 67-64
BIMINI, Bahamas — Bridget Carleton made two free throws with 0.6 seconds left and Tulane’s desperation 3-point heave at the buzzer missed its mark as the Iowa State women’s basketball team advanced to the finals of the Junkanoo Jam with a 67-64 victory on Friday.
Carleton scored 15 of her team-leading 19 points after halftime and Emily Durr added season-bests of 19 points and fie assists to help the Cyclones (3-1) move into the Bimini Division championship round against Central Michigan. The Chippewas defeated San Diego State 85-76 in their semifinal pairing.
Iowa State led Tulane (2-3) by as many as 10 points during the third quarter but couldn’t get the deficit beyond seven in the fourth. The Green Wave whittled their deficit to two and, 63-61, with 1:24 to play before the margin dipped to one, 65-64, on Kolby Morgan’s 3-pointer with 2 seconds left.
Carleton made both free throws to make it a three-point game and Tulane’s last-second heave missed its chance to force overtime.
Meredith Burkhall chipped in 16 points while Kristin Scott had a game-high 10 rebounds for Iowa State.
Kayla Manuirirangi led the Green Wave with 19 points and six assists.
George Mason 87, Drake 75
BOULDER, Colo. — Drake’s lopsided first-quarter advantage didn’t last as the Bulldogs fell 87-75 to George Mason in the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic on Friday.
Drake (2-3) led by 18 points during a first-quarter breakout that ended in a 31-18 lead. George Mason outscored the Bulldogs 69-44 the rest of the way to overtake Drake.
Natalie Butler had game-highs of 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Patriots (6-1), while Jacy Bolton and Nic Cardano-Hillary added 21 points apiece.
Becca Hittner totaled 20 points to pace Drake, while Sara Rhine added 17 and Maddy Dean came off the bench to net 13.
Drake’s trip ends with today’s 1 p.m. game against Mississippi Valley State (0-3) in the consolation finals.