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SPORTS SHORTS: Cyclones pummel Arkansas-Pine Bluff

AMES — The Iowa State women’s basketball team held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for the final 7 minutes, 45 seconds of the third quarter en route to a 90-40 victory on Friday inside Hilton Coliseum.

In the first of two home games this weekend, the Cyclones (4-1) outscored their guests 49-17 in the second half to break away. Iowa State led 41-23 at the half before the Golden Lions (0-5) missed their last 16 field-goal attempts of the third quarter. Arkansas-Pine Bluff missed 18-straight shots before getting one to go in the fourth quarter, ending Iowa State’s 25-0 surge.

Ashley Joens led the Cyclones with 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while freshman Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw got career-highs of 15 points and nine assists. Ines Nezerwa scored 14 points in 14 minutes off the bench, and Kristin Scott added 11 points, eight boards and four blocked shots in the easy non-conference win for Iowa State.

The Golden Lions committed 21 turnovers and got outrebounded 52-30 in the loss. Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot just 25.4 percent from the field, 21.7 percent from 3-point range and got to the free-throw line just three times (1-for-3).

Aiya El Hassan led the Golden Lions with 10 points.

Iowa State is back in action Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against New Orleans.

Drake women beaten by Boilermakers

ESTERO, Fla. — The Drake women’s basketball team couldn’t get their shots to drop, and Purdue dropped the Bulldogs 67-47 in Friday’s first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Drake (4-2) missed its first 14 3-point attempts before Sarah Beth Gueldner seemed to give the Bulldogs life at the 8:43 mark of the fourth quarter, getting them back to within 54-41. But Purdue buckled down defensively and Drake missed its next 10 field-goal attempts during a 13-2 Boilermaker run that put the game out of reach.

In all, Drake shot just 1-for-19 (5.3 percent) from 3-point land and fell to the back side of the bracket. The Bulldogs meet Maine in today’s 12:30 p.m. consolation semifinal inside Hertz Arena.

Sara Rhine was the only Drake player to score in double figures, getting 16 points to go with her six rebounds. The Bulldogs shot a paltry 29 percent (18-for-62) from the field while still-unbeaten Purdue (5-0) went 23-55 (41.8 percent) from the field. The Boilermakers made 9-of-19 3-point tries (47.4 percent) to help atone for Drake’s 30-18 scoring advantage in the paint.

Four players scored in double figures for Purdue, led by Karissa McLaughlin’s 13 points. Ae’Rianna Harris had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds while also blocking four shots.

UNI’s first loss comes against Alabama

LAS VEGAS — Alabama kept pace with Northern Iowa’s 3-point prowess, and the Crimson Tide took down the Panthers for the first time this season.

UNI suffered its first loss in an 87-77 defeat at the hands of Alabama late Friday night at the South Point Shootout.

The Panthers (5-1) went 10-for-24 from 3-point range but Alabama (5-1) nearly matched them, going 9-for-20 from distance. But the Crimson Tide shot 53 percent from the field to UNI’s 43 and held them off down the stretch at the free-throw line.

Jordan Lewis scored a game-high 23 points for Alabama. Cierra Johnson added 18 points and Jasmine Walker had 17 more for the Tide.

UNI had five players score in double figures, led by Nicole Kroeger’s 14 points. Karli Rucker, Megan Maahs and Kristina Cavey added 12 points apiece, and Kam Finley came up with 11 points off the bench.

The Panthers are back in action tonight in Las Vegas with a 7:45 p.m. game against Ohio State.