No. 8 Iowa State 81, DePaul 65
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) _ Angie Welle scored 24 points while playing only 22 minutes and Tracy Gahan added 13 points and 12 rebounds as No. 8 Iowa State cruised to an 81-65 victory over DePaul on Saturday.
Iowa State (4-0) shut down DePaul scoring leader Lenae Williams and was never threatened after building a 25-point halftime lead. DePaul (1-3) shot just 25 percent (8-for-32) in the first half and didn’t find its touch until the game was out of reach.
Lindsey Wilson had 15 points and seven assists for Iowa State, which constantly beat the Blue Demons into position for good shots. The Cyclones outscored DePaul 38-18 in the paint and 21-5 at the free throw line.
Williams, averaging 23.7 points, scored only four on 2-for-10 shooting as Iowa State slid its zone in her direction and double-teamed her at times.
Candis Blankston led DePaul with 16 points and Briana Fitzgerald scored 15.
Iowa State, which needed a late basket by Welle to beat Creighton 74-71 on Wednesday, had a much easier time with the Blue Demons, who stayed with the Cyclones for only the first few minutes.
DePaul trailed just 14-12 with 11 minutes left in the first half, but made just three more baskets the rest of the period and Iowa State pulled away. Gahan hit two 3-pointers to help get the Cyclones going and they got the ball to Welle for easy shots inside.
Iowa State closed the half with a 13-0 run to take a 44-19 lead. The Cyclones stretched the lead to 61-30 on Megan Taylor’s 3-pointer with 14:20 left and coasted from there as coach Bill Fennelly substituted liberally down the stretch.
DePaul’s 67 percent second-half shooting came too late to make any difference.