Iowa State Falls To Marist, 74-64
DURHAM, N.C. - A key 25-4 first-half run propelled 10th-seeded Marist to a 74-64 win over No. 7 seed Iowa State in first round NCAA Tournament action Saturday in Durham, N.C. The loss ends Iowa State's season at 22-11, as the Cyclones lost a first round NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2005, halting a four-game first-round winning streak (2007-10).
Marist won its 27th-straight game and improved to 31-2 on the season while advancing to the second round.
The Cyclones never fully recovered from Marist's decisive run in the first half, as the Red Foxes turned a one-point deficit into a 40-20 lead with 1:00 left in the opening stanza. Iowa State played catch-up the rest of the way, cutting the lead to six points (60-54) with 4:20 left in the game after Anna Prins buried a huge 3-pointer.
The Red Foxes answered, however, with a 9-2 run to take a comfortable 69-56 lead with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. The Marist lead never dipped below eight points after that.
Prins led the Cyclones with a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season. Kelsey Bolte chipped in with 18 points and Chelsea Poppens added seven points and 12 boards, her third-straight double-digit rebounding effort.
Marist's 15-point lead (40-25) at the break was aided by its hot outside shooting, as the Red Foxes made of 8-of-17 shots from beyond the arc to Iowa State's 2-of-9 effort from downtown in the opening period. Five different Marist players hit treys in the first half.
Kate Oliver was one of five Red Foxes in double figures, leading the way with 16 points.
Poor shooting and turnovers also plagued the Cyclones. Iowa State made just 34.5 percent from the field and committed 17 turnovers compared to Marist's seven.
Bolte ends her brilliant career with 1,639 points, sixth all-time in school history, and 276 3-pointers, the third-most on the Iowa State record list. She also tied the school record for career games played with 135. Her two 3-pointers today improves her season total to 88, tying for third on Iowa State's single-season record list.