West Virginia women drop contest at Iowa State


AMES, Iowa – A 13-point Iowa State run in the third quarter hampered the West Virginia University women’s basketball team in a 68-53 loss to the Cyclones at the Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Iowa State (15-11, 6-9) closed out the first quarter with a 17-7 lead. However, West Virginia (18-9, 6-9) fought back and took a brief 26-25 lead with two minutes remaining in the first half. ISU used a four-point spurt to lead, 29-26, at the break. In the third quarter, the Mountaineers trimmed the game to 29-28, but Iowa State used a 13-point run to stretch its lead to double-figures. In the fourth quarter, WVU trimmed the game to 10, but a 9-3 run to open the period pushed the Cyclone lead to 18 points.

Lanay Montgomery paced West Virginia with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while blocking three shots. The double-double was Montgomery’s 10th of the season. The senior center became the first Mountaineer since Maria Tchobanova in 1999 to record 19 or more double-doubles in her career.

Teana Muldrow tallied 11 points, just five shy of 1,000 career points, and grabbed nine rebounds in 33 minutes. Tynice Martin scored 15 points followed by seven from Alexis Brewer. Chania Ray led the way with a team-leading seven assists and grabbed six rebounds.

“Give Iowa State credit. I thought right before the half, we took a one-point lead and lost focus. They took the lead,” coach Mike Carey said. “In the middle of the third quarter, we lost complete focus. Give them a lot of credit. They played hard.”

Offensively, WVU was limited to 31.7 percent shooting (19-of-60) from the field compared to Iowa State’s 38.5 percent (25-of-65). The Mountaineers made just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from behind the arc, while Iowa State connected on 7-of-21 (33.3%). ISU scored 22 points off 16 WVU turnovers and won the rebound battle, 44-38.

Ray opened the contest with a three-pointer, but Iowa State responded with six consecutive points to take a 6-3 edge in the first five minutes. The Cyclones closed the final period on an 11-4 run to take a 17-7 lead at the end of one.

West Virginia used a five-point turnaround thanks to a Muldrow bucket plus and-one and a Martin fast break score trim the game to 21-17 with 5:13 left in the half. WVU capped a 9-2 run and tied the game, 21-21, with 3:14 left. WVU took a brief 26-25 lead after a Brewer three. However, the Cyclones closed the half on a four-point run to hold a 29-26 advantage. The Mountaineers shot 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the filed compared to ISU’s 36.1 percent (13-of-36).

A Muldrow layup trimmed the contest to one, 29-28. However, Iowa State responded with Bridget Carleton and Jadda Buckley three-pointers coupled with a Seanna Johnson layup that began the front-end of a 13-0 Cyclone run. WVU trimmed the ISU 14-point lead to 10, but the Cyclones maintained a 48-36 edge at the end of three.

The fourth quarter started off slowly for West Virginia, as the Mountaineers started 0-of-8 from the field and ISU used a 9-3 run to push its lead to 57-39 with 5:42 remaining. Iowa State held on to pick up the regular-season series sweep over WVU. Buckley led the Cyclones with 20 points in the win.

The Mountaineers return home to face TCU in a 7 p.m. contest at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tickets are $1 courtesy of United Bank. The second of three limited edition pint glasses will be given away to the first 300 fans at the Gold Gate.

NOTES: West Virginia was swept in the regular-season series by Iowa State for the first time since joining the Big 12 … WVU now leads the series over the Cyclones, 7-4 … Teana Muldrow’s 11 points makes her five away from reaching the 1,000-point plateau … Lanay Montgomery became the first Mountaineer since Maria Tchobanova in 1999 to reach 19 or more double-doubles in a career.

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