AMES, Iowa – The William and Mary women’s basketball team outscored No. 14/10 Iowa State in the second half 42-30, but could not overcome its halftime deficit and fell to the Cyclones 85-65 in the championship game of the Cyclone Challenge.
The Tribe drops to 3-8 overall, while Iowa State improves to a perfect 11-0 on the season.
Iowa State used an early 10-0 run to jump out to an 10-2 advantage in the early stages of the first half. With the scored tied 2-2, Hallie Christofferson hit a lay up to start the run. That was followed by a pair of 3-pointers from Brynn Williamson and Jadda Buckley.
The Cyclones used a 15-0 run over the last 5:08 of the first half to build its 55-23 halftime lead. Chirstofferson paced the rally with eight points, while Buckley had the other seven points for the Cyclones.
William and Mary opened the second half with an 8-2 run to bring the Cyclones lead down to 57-31 with 17:02 remaining in the game. Kerstetter opened the run with a jumper. After a stop, senior Kaitlyn Mathieu answered with jumper. Junior Jazmen Boone then knocked down a pair of free throws, and Hunter followed with a steal and a lay-in to complete the run.
Iowa State maintained its lead for the entire second half, but William and Mary held the Cyclones without a field goal for the final 5:19 of the game. During that time the Tribe went on a 13-2 run to close the game. The run was sparked by a jumper by junior Anna Kestler, which was followed by a jumper from Boone. Hunter went on to score five of the next seven Tribe points, while freshman Kasey Curtis had the other basket during the stretch. The final Tribe basket came on a jumper from sophomore Chloe Alexander.
Iowa State’s attack was led by Williamson and Buckley, who each finished with 19 points. Niki Moody (14) and Christofferson (11) were also in double-figures for the Cyclones.
Iowa native, junior Mackenzie Morrison finished with a career-high in points (5), rebounds (4), and blocks (2). Boone finished the game with eight points, three assists, a block and three steals.
For the eighth time in 10 games, William and Mary forced (18) more turnovers then they committed (14). The Tribe also recorded 13 steals, which were led by Boone and Hunter with three apiece.
The College opens the New Year with a two-game home stand, starting with North Carolina A & T on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. William and Mary opens Colonial Athletic Association play against defending CAA Champion Delaware on Thursday, Jan. 9. Tipoff between the Tribe and Blue Hens is set for 7 p.m.