Cyclones Blow Past Aggies
Feb. 4, 2009
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Heather Ezell scored 25 points as (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) Iowa State beat (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) Texas A&M 67-50 Wednesday night.
Kelsey Bolte added 17 points for the Cyclones (17-4, 5-2 Big 12), who won their fourth straight and improved to 12-0 at home.
Texas A&M entered play ranked second in the nation in 3-point percentage defense, but that didn't faze Ezell. She made four straight 3s to open the second half, pushing Iowa State's 12-point halftime to 47-27 with 13:45 left.
Ezell went 7-of-13 from 3-point range and hit five 3s in the second half.
Takia Starks scored 18 points to lead the Aggies (17-4, 5-3), who had won their last two road games against ranked opponents.
Ezell opened the half with a 3 and a pair of free throws to put Iowa State ahead 38-23. The Aggies hit a pair of quick baskets to pull back within 11, but Ezell answered with two straight 3s to put the Cyclones ahead by 17.
Texas A&M went on a 7-2 run to throw a brief scare into Iowa State, but Ezell drained a 3 from the elbow to make it 57-36 just over 8 minutes left.
Iowa State held Texas A&M to just 10 points in the opening 13:40, grabbed 20 of the game's first 26 rebounds and built a 19-10 lead. The Cyclones jumped ahead 30-18 as Amanda Nisleit followed a 3 with back-to-back layups, and Allison Lacey's running 3 at the first-half buzzer gave Iowa State a 33-21 lead.
Though the Cyclones shot just 37.5 percent from the field in the first half, they beat the Aggies 11-0 on the offensive glass and scored 12 second-chance points.
Texas A&M opened the season at 14-1 before losing to back-to-back games against Oklahoma and Baylor. The Aggies appeared to have turned things around with wins at Oklahoma State and No. 16 Texas, but this was an alarming setback for a team that entered play tied for second in the brutal Big 12.
Starks set Texas A&M's career record for 3s with 12:38 left in the first half. Starks, the cousin of former NBA star John Starks, broke the mark of 165 career 3-pointers set by former All-American Lisa Branch from 1992-96.
No other Aggie had more than six points.