No. 19 Hawkeyes top No. 16 Cyclones
Dec. 9, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Morgan Johnson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Kelly Krei added 15 points and 19th-ranked Iowa routed No. 16 Iowa State 62-40 in their first meeting as ranked opponents.
Kachine Alexander added 13 points and five assists for the Hawkeyes (9-1), who beat the rival Cyclones for just the second time in six games.
Iowa's early 14-point lead dwindled to three late in the first half. But the Hawkeyes opened the second half with a 19-6 run and turned what was expected to be a close game into a rout.
Lauren Mansfield had 16 points to lead the Cyclones (6-2), who have lost two of three after a 5-0 start.
Iowa State shot 32.6 percent from the floor, committed 18 turnovers and was outrebounded 40-27 by the Hawkeyes.
Iowa State was fortunate to be down just 26-21 at the break - but it soon became apparent that the Cyclones' luck wouldn't last much longer.
Iowa State called a 30-second timeout after Alexander's layup pushed Iowa's lead to 35-25 with 14 minutes left. But Jessica Schroll promptly turned the ball over, and Jaime Printy raced down the court for an easy layup.
Iowa kept building its lead against the cold-shooting Cyclones from there, and Kelsey Cermak's layup with 9:47 left gave the Hawkeyes a 45-27 cushion.
Iowa State looked confused on offense early on, as the Cyclones committed a pair of shot-clock violations in the first 5 minutes and let Iowa go ahead 14-6. Alexander then cut between two defenders for a scoop in the paint, and Krei's 3-pointer from the corner made it 22-8 Iowa with 7:07 left in the first half.
That seemed to wake up the Cyclones, who quickly reeled off seven straight points to keep things from getting out of hand.
Iowa State trailed by just five at halftime despite hitting only one 3 and committing eight turnovers against two assists in the first 20 minutes. But the Cyclones made only one field goal in the opening 13:26 and went just 4 of 18 from the floor after the break.
With the Iowa State and Iowa men's programs both in their first seasons of rebuilding efforts, these are the Cyclones and Hawkeyes to watch in 2010-11.
Iowa State made it to the NCAA tournament's regional semifinals each of the past two seasons and entered Thursday night's game with just one blemish; a 64-53 loss to No. 9 West Virginia in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Though the Cyclones lost do-everything point guard Alison Lacey to the WNBA, Kelsey Bolte has become the go-to player on offense with 17.3 points per game through the first seven.
Bolte had a rough night against Iowa, though, scoring just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.
The Hawkeyes, who are seeking their fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament, won their first seven games before falling at No. 12 North Carolina 79-67 a week ago. Iowa, sixth-ranked Ohio State and No. 15 Michigan State figure to be the top contenders for the Big Ten title.
The Hawkeyes certainly looked legitimate against the Cyclones, handing them their second straight blowout loss in Iowa City.
Iowa pounded Iowa State at home 66-46 two years ago.