Lions Can't Hold On To Early Lead

Dec. 30, 2006

Box Score

Ames, IOWA - The Lions held an early lead but Iowa State pulled away late in the first half and held off LMU for a 71-55 victory in the final game of the Cyclone Classic this evening at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Amanda DeCoud led the Lions with 13 points, and Jennifer Hall recorded a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Lions will open WCC action on Friday, January 5th, hosting Gonzaga at Gersten Pavilion at 7:00pm.

The Lions (8-6) played well in the opening minutes, taking a 12-9 lead early on a three-pointer by DeCoud. The Cyclones (12-1) tied it on a three-pointer by Lyndsey Medders, but Hall scored LMU's next three points to give the Lions a 15-12 lead at 11:56. LMU continued to play strong defense, and pulled out to a 21-17 lead on a putback layup by DeCoud. Kavita Goss hit a three-pointer from NBA range to make it a 25-21 Lion lead, but Iowa State scored 17 straight points to pull ahead 38-25. DeCoud hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to stop the Cyclone run and make it a 38-27 game at halftime.

DeCoud led the Lions with seven first half points, while Medders and Toccara Ross led all players with 10 first half points. The Cyclones improved to 46.9% shooting in the first half. After a strong start, the Lions fell to 38.5% from the field in the opening period. Valerie Ogoke blocked three Cyclone shots and pulled down five rebounds while scoring four points.

ISU continued to play well in the opening minutes of the second half. After Cassady Moore hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 38-30, Medders scored the next six points to give the Cyclones a 44-30 lead. DeCoud hit a jumper to stop the run, but Nicky Wieben scored four straight points to make it a 48-32 game.



Following the media timeout, LMU scored nine straight points to cut the Cyclone lead to 48-41. Hall scored back to back baskets to start the run, and Amanda Patton finished the run with a three-point play after stealing the ball, driving down the length of the court and getting fouled on the shot. She hit the free throw to cut the lead to seven. However, ISU broke its scoring drought with a free throw by Heather Ezell and then went on to score the next five points to extend its lead back to 54-41.

The Lion offense struggled, scoring just four points in the next six minute span, while the Cyclones continued to hit shots inside. Wieben hit four shots in the paint in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

LMU cut the Cyclone lead to 11 with a pair of free throws by Hall at 5:28 to make it a 60-49 game, but ISU scored the next nine points to take a 20 point lead. Patton hit a three-pointer at 1:30 to stop the ISU run, and Helmers converted on two free throws to cut the lead to 69-55. Rachel Pierson scored a basket in the final minute for the final 71-55 margin of victory.

Medders led all players with 21 points and was named the MVP of the Cyclone Classic. Early in the second half, she broke the Iowa State career assists record and finished with nine in the game. Ross and Wieben finished with 16 points for ISU.

DeCoud led LMU with 13 points. She also added five assists and three steals. Hall was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds. Ogoke was also named to the All-Tournament team, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two steals.

The Lions wrap up non-conference play with an 8-6 record, and will open WCC action on Friday, January 5th by hosting Gonzaga at Gersten Pavilion at 7:00pm. The game will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access, and live video will be available on as part of the conference's All-Access package.



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