Iowa St. Ends No. 3 Kansas St. Streak
AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Lindsey Wilson scored 27 points and Iowa State ended No. 3 Kansas State’s 13-game winning streak with a 74-69 victory Wednesday night.
Iowa State (8-9, 3-3 Big 12) had lost to Missouri 86-55 in its previous home game, the worst loss at Hilton Coliseum in coach Bill Fennelly’s eight seasons
They followed that embarrassment with their best game of the season, building a 14-point lead early in the second half and withstanding everything the short-handed Wildcats tried to get back in it.
Kansas State (18-2, 5-1) played without third-leading scorer Laurie Koehn, who has been bothered by a sprained ankle. Koehn, the Wildcats’ best 3-point shooter, had played 35 minutes in a 71-69 victory over Texas last Saturday but couldn’t go in this one.
Leading scorer Kendra Wecker sat out the final 11:48 of the first half after getting her third foul and Iowa State built a 12-point lead while she was on the bench. That turned out to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome.
Kansas State’s only other loss was to No. 6 Stanford, 63-57 on Nov. 30.
With the victory, Iowa State matched the biggest upset in the program’s history. The Cyclones beat Oklahoma last season when the Sooners were ranked third.
Wilson, who shot 5-for-20 in a 68-60 loss at Kansas State on Jan. 15, made 7-of-11 shots in the first half and finished 9-for-17. Anne O’Neil added 18 points for Iowa State, Lisa Kriener scored 14 and Mary Cofield 12 _ all on 3-point baskets.
Megan Mahoney led Kansas State with 22 points and Nicole Ohlde scored 21. Wecker finished with 10 and was 0-for-5 on 3-point shots.
Trailing 48-34, Kansas State started making defensive stops and drew to 56-50 on Mahoney’s 3-pointer with 8:25 left. The Cyclones got the lead back to 65-53 on O’Neil’s jumper with 2:51 remaining and made enough free three throws after that _ 9-of-14 _ to stay safely ahead.
Kansas State threw the ball away after Wilson hit one of two free throws to make it 74-69 with 14.5 seconds remaining. O’Neil then missed two free throws with 10.6 seconds left but Wecker threw up an airball on a 3-point attempt from the right wing and Iowa State ran down the final rebound.
Iowa State led 38-30 at halftime, then went on a 10-2 run to open its 48-34 lead. O’Neil banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with the shot clock at zero to make it 43-32 and Mary Fox capped the burst with a 3-pointer from the left corner.