By Ian Murphy, Staff Writer [email protected]
The Iowa State women’s basketball team was dominated by Baylor in a 79-50 beatdown Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.
Nearly everything that could have gone wrong for the Cyclones did early, as Baylor dominated from the opening tip to the final whistle.
The first quarter, especially, put the Cyclones (8-10, 2-5) in a hole, though Wednesday, all around, was bad news, via the Bears, for the Cyclones.
“They’re a monster; we had no answer for them inside,” ISU coach Bill Fennelly said. “Obviously, when you’re 1 for 17 (5.9 percent) in the first quarter, you’re not going to beat Ames Middle School, no offense to Ames Middle School.”
Down 13-2 with 3 minutes, 44 seconds left in the first quarter, Fennelly picked up a technical foul, charged to the Cyclones team in the box score for arguing a double dribble call against ISU’s Kristin Scott.
Scott took a forearm to her back from a Baylor player after forcing a Baylor (16-1, 6-0) turnover, which likely forced the double-dribble.
Fennelly, who had been warned once already by the officials, did not take kindly to the call and was assessed the technical.
The call was the first quarter in microcosm for the Cyclones, who trailed 19-2 at the break with the lone points coming on a Bridget Carleton field goal.
The first-quarter field goal percentage bogged their overall field goal percentage down, though a 5-of-17 performance in the second did not help, either.
“Of all the teams we play here, you say everything you can to a team, but I think our team, the game’s lost before it even starts sometimes,” Fennelly said. “The Baylor on the front of their jerseys is a little intimidating.
“We had some chances to score, and we talked to our kids about, you can’t have a lot of runs, got to shoot when you’re open. I mean, again, 1 for 17 is 1 for 17. I don’t care who you’re playing against.”
The Cyclones trailed 40-19 at halftime, and though they kept Baylor’s lead to around 20 points consistently in the second half, the Bears continued to exert their will.
“They’re a team of runs,” Carleton said. “They go on three-minute runs where it’s 14-0, and we can’t let that happen, because they’re a team that can just take over the game in the first couple minutes, and that happened right away, and that’s what killed us.”
On the game, the Bears outrebounded the Cyclones 47-29 and shot an outstanding 52.6 percent from the field.
They utilized their size on offense, too, outscoring the Cyclones 36-16 in the paint. Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown, Baylor’s star posts, combined for 46 points.
Carleton proved a bright spot for ISU, however.
The junior had been in a slump of late, and Fennelly instructed her to get out of the gym this weekend and be a real college student for a day.
She poured in 24 points — her highest scoring total since scoring 30 in the Cyclones Big 12 opener against Kansas and the highest a total a single player has scored on the Bears in conference play — on 7-of-19 shooting, including 3 of 8 from three and a perfect 7 of 7 from the free-throw line in ISU’s second loss to Baylor this season.
“It was nice to hit some threes finally, and then obviously, my free throws,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve gone a game in while where I haven’t missed a free throw, so that felt good. I guess the rest day paid off.”
Rae Johnson had 10 points, earning extra minutes in place of Emily Durr, who was benched in the second half on a coach’s decision. Fennelly said Durr is fully healthy, however.
The Cyclones will likely try to forget their season series with the Bears, who have now won six straight in the series dating back to 2016, though the Cyclones’ schedule doesn’t get easier.
ISU hosts on No. 17 West Virginia at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
There wasn’t much good the Cyclones can take away from Wednesday’s loss, but Fennelly found one positive for he and his team.
“They’re a great program and a great team,” Fennelly said of the Bears. “And the only good thing about tonight is that we don’t have to play them again.”
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