AMES, Iowa. – Iowa State's Nikki Moody tallied game-highs of 14 points and 10 assists to help lead No. 14 Iowa State to a 72-50 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Hilton Coliseum. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-3 on the season, while Iowa State remains undefeated at 10-0.
Right off the opening tip, the Crusaders used three straight buckets by sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) to gain the early 6-0 lead (18:28). Iowa State used a 6-2 spurt to knot the score at 8-8, but a layup by Scott on the other end put the Crusaders back up by two (10-8) with 14:28 left in the first half. The Cyclones countered with a jumper to tie the score at 10-10, but Holy Cross senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) drilled a jumper to give the Crusaders the 12-10 lead (13:43).
Iowa State, however, canned a three on the other end and would embark on a 17-2 surge over the next six minutes to gain the 27-14 lead with 7:24 on the clock. Iowa State closed the first half on a 14-8 run and went into the locker room on top 41-22. The Cyclones shot 57.1 percent from the field in the opening half (16 of 28) and hit eight of their 18 shots from behind the arc (44.4 percent).
In the second half, Iowa State used a 19-3 run over the first 5:22 of action to stretch the lead to 60-25. The Crusaders, however, responded with a 14-5 rally to cut the deficit to 65-39 with 6:05 left in the second half. Holy Cross sophomore center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) tallied four points for the Crusaders during the run. Iowa State used five straight points to push the lead to 70-39 (4:42), as Holy Cross ended the contest on an 11-3 rally. Holy Cross freshman forward Madelyn Ganser (Needham, Mass.) scored four points over the final spurt for the Crusaders, as the Cyclones would go on to claim the 72-50 victory.
Scott led the Crusaders with a team-best 14 points and seven rebounds, while Hourigan recorded 10 points and six boards. Malone had six points and seven caroms, while senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) led Holy Cross with six assists and four steals to go along with four points. In addition to Moody for Iowa State, Jadda Buckley (12), Hallie Christofferson (11) and Nicole Blaskowsky (11) all had double-digit points.
The Crusaders hit 33.3 percent of their shots from the field (21 of 63), while the Cyclones connected on 26 of their 55 shots (47.3 percent). Iowa State canned a season-best 11 of its 32 three-point attempts (34.4 percent), while Holy Cross went three of 19 from behind the arc (15.8 percent). The Crusaders held advantages in points in the paint (28-26) and steals (10-6).
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 29, when it will play the second game of the Cyclone Challenge versus Saint Louis at 1:00 p.m. (CST).