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Cyclones top K-State women, 84-65

By The Mercury

AMES, Iowa. — A sluggish first-half shooting performance by the Kansas State women’s basketball team on Saturday night sent the Wildcats to an 84-65 loss at Iowa State.

The Wildcats were looking to win their first game in Hilton Coliseum since the 2007-08 season.

K-State (9-12, 3-7 Big 12) was paced by the tandem of Ashia Woods and Leti Romero. Woods finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 19 in the second half. In addition to her 25 points, Woods also tallied three rebounds and four steals.

Romero notched 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. With her four assists, Romero became the fourth freshman in school history to reach the 100-assist mark.

Iowa State (16-5, 5-5) got out to an early 18-8 lead. Pacing the Cyclones to the early advantage were Hallie Christofferson with seven points and Nicole Blaskowsky with six.

After Woods converted a layup with 10:50 to play to narrow the game to 18-10, the Cyclones used a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to build a 31-10 lead with 5:11 to play. Nikki Moody scored nine of her 14 first half points during the run.

K-State ended the Iowa State run with a 7-1 run of its own, which included a 3-pointers from Romero at the 3:52 mark. It was the lone 3-pointer for the Wildcats in the opening half (1 of 10), but the connection extended the Wildcats’ consecutive games with a 3-pointer streak to 232.

The Cyclones held a 45-19 lead at the break, shooting 54 percent from the field, while the Wildcats shot just 27 percent.

Iowa State kept the Wildcats at arm’s length for the remainder of the game. The Cyclones built a 30-point lead with 9:11 to play.

K-State was able to trim the deficit to 14 points at 77-63 with 2:19 remaining. The Wildcats used a 29-13 run over a six-minute stretch to cut into the Cyclones lead. During the rally, Woods registered 15 points which included three connections from beyond the arc.

Iowa State was led by Moody with 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Christofferson tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

For the game, K-State shot 35 percent from the field and had 10 steals. Iowa State was 44 percent from the field, while owning a 38-35 edge on the boards.

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