By: Mary Rominger
Ames, Ia.— It came down to the final minutes to decide the victor in the in-state rivalry between the Cyclones and Bulldogs late Sunday evening, in Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State (3-0) had a late rally to defeat the Drake Bulldogs (1-2) with a final score of 75-67.
Bridget Carleton had a dominating offensive showcase, especially from the three-point line, and finished with 19 points to lead the team.
The Bulldogs defense was able to shut down Seanna Johnson and Jadda Buckley from generating their usual offensive production. Buckley and Johnson would score just a combined total of 13 points in the first half of the game.
That was until the fourth quarter, where both Buckley and Johnson broke out for big time plays.
“When shots aren’t going in you have to look to get defensive stops, hustle plays, rebounds — just all those little things that add up in the end,” said Buckley.
In the final 10 minutes, to overcome a Bulldogs lead, Iowa State executed everything they had tried to do all night long. The Cyclones found a way to slow down the Bulldogs offense and were able to outscore Drake 25 to 12.
With the game tied at 65 points with less than three minutes to go in the quarter, Buckley went on a 7-0 run to give the Cyclones a clutch lead.
The Bulldogs would try to hold onto the lead they held for most of the game in the final minutes, but failed to do so and would lose their second consecutive game by giving up a late rally.
The Cyclones will be back at home this upcoming Tuesday to tip-off against Savannah State at 7 P.M.. You can tune into the KURE exclusive sportscast to hear a broadcast of the game live from Hilton Coliseum.