(Ames) Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens and former Exira star, Hallie Christofferson posted strong performances to lead the Cyclones past Northern Arizona 65-41 Sunday evening at Hilton Coliseum. The win improves Iowa State to 3-0 while NAU drops to 2-3.
It was an all-around strong performance by the Cyclone post players. Poppens finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth career double-double. Christofferson posted 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Fallon Ellis was also strong for Iowa State off the bench with five points and six rebounds.
Freshman Nikki Moody was busy for the Cyclones, posting career-highs in assists (nine), rebounds (four) and steals (three). Brynn Williamson came off the bench to post seven points.
Leading 30-14 after the first 20 minutes, the Cyclones got off to a perfect start in the second half. After shooting just 34.5 percent from the first in the first, Iowa State made its first six shots from the field along with making all three free throw attempts to start the second period to put the Cyclones up 44-18.
It was the Lumberjacks who posted the first points of the game as Katie Pratt nailed a three just 33 seconds in. The Cyclones responded with a 9-0 run led by three Christofferson points to give Iowa State an early six-point advantage.
NAU cut the Iowa State lead to 12-10 before the Cyclones went on an 11-0 run powered by three-pointers from Lauren Mansfield and Williamson. During the run, the Lumberjacks went nearly 10 minutes without getting on the board.
Christofferson led the Cyclones in the first half with nine points and five rebounds while Poppens added eight points and seven rebounds. Moody distributed five assists.
Northern Arizona was led by eight points from Caty Huntington and Pratt. Pratt’s cameo was effective, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and making both three-pointers she attempted. However, she was limited to 12 minutes due to an injury. Amy Patton posted six points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Lumberjacks.
Iowa State will travel to Reno, Nev. Later this week to compete in the Nugget Classic. The Cyclones take on Penn State Friday at 6 p.m. CST and will then play either Butler or Nevada the next day.
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