Originally Published: Jan 27, 2010 8:14 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
AMES, Iowa – The Oklahoma women’s basketball team tried to mount a late comeback, but could not overcome a double-digit deficit on the way to a 63-56 loss to Iowa State Wednesday.
The Sooners (14-5, 4-2) trailed by 10 points with less than two minutes remaining, but managed to cut that lead to four. With time winding down, they were forced to foul, and Iowa State (16-3, 4-2) made clutch free throws to keep OU at bay.
The Sooners were doomed by their struggles from behind the 3-point line all night. They finished shooting 5-of-21 from beyond the arc, including a 1-for-6 night by Nyeshia Stevenson. Amanda Thompson was the only Sooner to make more than one 3-pointer.
The two teams finished with similar statistics in almost every other category. Neither team shot well overall; OU shot 35 percent from the floor, while ISU shot 38 percent. The Sooners pulled down 36 rebounds, and the Cyclones grabbed 37. Iowa State committed 13 turnovers, OU gave away 14. But the Cyclones shot 20 percent better from long range, and that made all the difference.
The two teams played evenly as the game began, with neither able to establish a significant lead. With OU up 16-15, Iowa State went on an 18-6 run to finish the half and go into the locker room with a 33-21 lead. The Sooners were able to close within three points early in the second half, but were never able to regain the lead.
Stevenson finished with a team-high 14 points, but had to get five of those points from the free-throw line. Thompson scored 12, and Danielle Robinson added 10.
Kelsey Bolte and Anna Prins led the Cyclones with 15 points each, and Alison Lacey scored 12. Bolte and Lacey combined to shoot 6-of-11 from 3-point range.
Both teams entered Wednesday on a three-game winning streak. Iowa State, which was coming off a victory over No. 23 Texas, has now defeated two ranked opponents in a row. The Sooners will try to recover when they travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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