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BIG FOUR WOMEN'S HOOPS: Cyclones stymie LMU; Buzzer-beater tops Iowa

November 24, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

FREEPORT, Bahamas - The Iowa State women's basketball team used a 19-0 run during the first half to advance to the finals of the Junkanoo Jam with a 55-33 rout of Loyola Marymount on Friday afternoon.

The Cyclones (3-0) limited LMU to 21.5 percent shooting for the game. The Lions (3-3) went just 14-of-65 from the field, including 1-for-20 from 3-point range, in falling to the consolation game against Tulsa.

Iowa State, which overcame 23 turnovers, will face Illinois in today's 9 a.m. championship game after the Fighting Illini defeated Tulsa 82-75 on Friday.

Hallie Christofferson scored 11 points and Anna Prins added 10 for the Cyclones, who led 6-5 before breaking free with a 19-0 run over the next 10 minutes. ISU led 30-8 at the half and eased to victory.

FIU 66, Iowa 65

MIAMI - FIU junior point guard Jerica Coley drove the length of the court to make a contested, go-ahead layup as time expired to beat Iowa 66-65 in Friday's first round of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic.

It was two of Coley's game-high 31 points, eight of which came during the Panthers' 12-3 run over the final 1:47 to rally back from an eight-point deficit. Coley hit a pair of 3-pointers during the spurt and Iowa missed its last three free-throw attempts to keep the door open for the tournament hosts.

Hawkeye freshman Claire Till had made her first five free throws but missed her final three inside the last 26 seconds. Coley cut Iowa's 65-61 lead down to one with a trifecta, and Till went 0-for-2 at the line with 8 seconds remaining.

Coley ended 11-for-28 from the field, making three 3s in her 19-point second half. Finda Mansare added 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds for FIU (2-2), which will face LSU in Sunday's 2 p.m. title game. Iowa will meet No. 12-ranked West Virginia at noon in the consolation game, after the Mountaineers lost to LSU.

"You let them hang around, they're on their home court, and we let them hang around too much and let them get a lot of confidence," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of FIU. "This is a tough one to bounce back from and this is going to test our character a lot.

"We have one day to prepare for a very good opponent now. It is going to be a tough game and we're going to have to mentally challenge ourselves to get ready for this game."

Iowa (4-2) was led by Jaime Printy's 15 points and Morgan Johnson's 14. Johnson and Till led Iowa with six rebounds apiece, while Johnson's five blocked shots moved her past Tangela Smith (235) for first all-time in Hawkeye history (239).

Arizona St. 66, Northern Iowa 63

LAS VEGAS - Arizona State led by as many as eight in the second half, holding on to beat Northern Iowa in the SouthPoint Thanksgiving Classic.

The lead changed hands 10 times in the first half but the UNI women (2-2) never went in front after the break.

Joy Burke led the Sun Devils (1-2) with 14 points, while Micaela Pickens added 13 in the team's first victory.

Jess McDowell had four 3-pointers on her way to a team-leading 14 points for UNI - both career-highs for junior forward and AGWSR grad. Jacqui Kalin also scored 14 points and Sharnae Lamar chipped in a career-high 11 off the bench.

Northern Iowa will face Florida (4-1) in today's 2 p.m. contest.

UC Irvine 69, Drake 64

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto scored a career-high 23 points to help UC Irvine hold off Drake 69-64 in their opener of the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic on Friday afternoon.

The win was the first of the season for the Anteaters (1-4), who led 61-48 with 5:14 remaning until Drake (1-2) rallied with an 11-0 surge.

Drake also had four players score in double digits, led by Stephanie Running and Mary Pat Specht with 15 points apiece. Clark finished with 13 points, Morgan Reid had 10 points, and Alyssa Marchner pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Bulldogs will meet George Mason (2-2) in today's 4 p.m. consolation game.

Tournament host New Mexico State (2-2) and UC Irvine face off in the 6:30 p.m. finale.



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