No. 10 Iowa St. 75, Texas 65
Mar. 12, 2000
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Desiree Francis scored 19 points to lead No. 10 Iowa State to its first Big 12 tournament championship with a 75-65 victory over Texas on Saturday night.
Angie Welle added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Megan Taylor had 16 points for the top-seeded Cyclones (25-5), who finished second last year.
The sixth-seeded Longhorns (21-12) couldn't shake early shooting woes that saw them hit just 26 percent of their first-half shots and trail 31-21 at the break.
They got to 40-31 on Edwina Brown's basket with 15:58 to go. But Iowa State scored the next 10 points, four each by Taylor and Tracy Gahan.
Gahan finished with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists while committing only one turnover.
The 10-0 run was part of a 20-6 run that padded the Cyclones' lead to 60-37 on Welle's two free throws with 8:05 remaining.
Iowa State led by as many as 24, 74-50, before Texas closed with a 15-1 run in the last 2:13.
The Longhorns shot 47 percent from the field in the second half, but still finished at 36 percent (28-for-77).
Brown, whose selection as the tournament's MVP was booed by the pro-Iowa State crowd, led Texas with 23 points and 11 rebounds. She hit just 9-of-25 shots from the field, and 10 of her points came in the last 3:13, when the game was out of reach.
Tracy Cook added 10 points for Texas, the first No. 6 seed to reach the finals in the tournament's four-year history.
Brown was joined on the first team by Iowa State's Francis, Welle and Amy Frese and by Nebraska's Nicole Kubik.
The near-capacity crowd of 9,130 broke the previous record of 8,127, set last year.