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No. 21 West Virginia tops Cyclones for 9th-straight

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kysre Gondrezick scored 10 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter to help the No. 21 West Virginia women’s basketball team pull away and beat Iowa State 65-56 on Wednesday for its ninth straight win.

The Mountaineers built a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter. Iowa State pulled to 62-56 with 2:20 remaining but missed it last four shots.

Gondrezick scored a career-high 30 points against TCU on Saturday and is the Big 12 Player of the Week. She made three 3-pointers and was 8 of 15 from the floor against the Cyclones, and her consecutive layup and 3-pointer stretched the Mountaineers’ lead to 58-46 with 6:53 remaining. It was her 10th game this season scoring 20-plus points.

Madisen Smith had 15 points for West Virginia (14-2, 8-2 Big 12). Kari Niblack added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Ashley Joens scored 17 points with three 3-pointers and had nine rebounds for Iowa State (11-7, 7-4). Aubrey Joens and Lexi Donarski added nine points apiece.

Iowa State, which has lost three of its last four games, hosts Texas Tech on Saturday. West Virginia plays at Texas on Saturday.

No. 21 West Virginia 65, Iowa St. 56

IOWA ST. (11-7) — Scott 3-9 0-1 6, Donarski 3-9 1-1 9, Feuerbach 2-9 0-0 4, Ashley Joens 7-18 0-0 17, Ryan 2-6 0-0 6, Kane 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Wise 2-4 0-2 5, Aubrey Joens 3-7 0-0 9. TOTALS 22-64 1-4 56

WEST VIRGINIA (14-2) — Martinez 2-7 0-0 4, Niblack 3-7 5-6 11, Deans 3-14 0-0 7, Gondrezick 8-15 5-6 24, Smith 4-8 5-6 15, Ejiofor 1-1 0-0 2, Carson 1-5 0-0 2. TOTALS 22-57 15-18 65

Iowa St. 13 13 15 15 — 56

West Virginia 15 12 21 17 — 65

3-Point Goals–Iowa St. 11-39 (Scott 0-5, Donarski 2-4, Feuerbach 0-4, Joens 3-11, Ryan 2-5, Johnson 0-1, Wise 1-2, Joens 3-7), West Virginia 6-19 (Martinez 0-1, Deans 1-6, Gondrezick 3-7, Smith 2-3, Carson 0-2). Assists–Iowa St. 17 (Joens 4), West Virginia 15 (Deans 5). Fouled Out–Donarski. Rebounds–Iowa St. 38 (Joens 9), West Virginia 42 (Niblack 9). Total Fouls–Iowa St. 13, West Virginia 14. A–514.

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