Iowa State falls to No. 16 Iowa 73-70 at Carver Hawkeye Arena

Redshirt senior guard Alexa Middleton drives the ball down the court during the game against Auburn at Hilton Coliseum on Nov. 13. The Cyclones won the semifinal game 67-64 of the WNIT (Women’s National Invitation Tournament) tournament.

Traveling to Iowa City, Iowa State fell to the No. 16 Hawkeyes 73-70 on Wednesday in Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa State was led by Alexa Middleton and Bridget Carleton in scoring. Middleton had 20 points and four assists, while Carleton had 21 points and five turnovers.

Iowa State finished the first quarter, which was plagued by sloppy play, down 21-11. The Cyclones had six turnovers, and Iowa scored six of its points off those turnovers.

The lone bright spot for Iowa State in the first quarter was Alexa Middleton who had seven points, including a contested 3-pointer with just seconds left to end the quarter.

In addition, Middleton was moving around the ball on the offensive end with crisp passes, but failed to register an assist.

The next quarter, Middleton added eight more points, two assists and two steals, as Iowa State trailed 40-36.

Kristin Scott finished the half with eight points on 3-3 shooting from the field and 2-2 from three. Scott also had five rebounds.

Carleton struggled in the first half shooting 3-10 from the floor for seven points with three turnovers.

From the first quarter to the second, Iowa State was able to raise its 3-point shooting as a team from 1-8 to 3-5.

In the third quarter, Iowa State was able to take the lead and ended the quarter ahead 56-53.

During the quarter, Iowa shot 11.8 percent from the floor with two shots made.

With 5:43 left in the fourth quarter, Carleton ran into foul trouble when she was called for her fourth personal foul and was taken out of the game by coach Bill Fennelly.

Since the first half, Carleton had added an additional nine points to her scorecard.

With 4:28 left in the quarter, Carleton subbed back in.

Carleton had five more points after subbing back in.

Late in the game, the Hawkeyes’ Tania Davis hit a three with 2.6 seconds left to put Iowa up 73-70.

Iowa State’s Ashley Joens, an Iowa City native, then missed a three in the corner as time expired, and Iowa escaped with a 73-70 win.

Source: Iowa State Daily