KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A career-high 23 points from Lauren Mansfield propelled the fifth-seeded Iowa State women’s basketball team to a 69-61 win over 12th-seeded Nebraska Tuesday in the Municipal Auditorium. With their win the Cyclones play fourth-seeded Kansas State Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
In addition to Mansfield’s stellar performance, Iowa State (22-9) received important plays from sophomore Chelsea Poppens down the stretch. With the score level at 57-57 with 4:41 remaining, Poppens scored eight-straight Iowa State points and grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds resulting in a 65-60 Cyclone lead with 1:14 left in the game.
Poppens would go on to score 10 points and grab 11 rebounds for the 14th double-double in her career.
Senior Kelsey Bolte scored 15 points, all coming from 3-point baskets. The Ida Grove, Iowa, native was 5-10 from behind the arc and moved into a tie for fifth all-time at Iowa State with Stacy Frese with 274 career 3-pointers.
Mansfield helped the Cyclones in more ways than just her scoring, as she dished out five assists without committing a turnover.
Iowa State excelled from long range in the contest, connecting on 13 3-point efforts. The Cyclones’ 13 3-pointers were one shy of the all-time Big 12 Championship mark.
The Cyclones controlled the boards with a 46-32 rebounding edge and had 16 offensive rebounds to Nebraska’s five.
Iowa State sprinted out to a 20-8 lead in the game’s first seven minutes, but Nebraska slowly ate away at the lead the remainder of the opening stanza. After trailing the entire first half, Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper connected on a buzzer-beating 3-point effort to send the game into the break level at 38-38.
With the win, Iowa State advanced to the Big 12 Championship quarterfinal round for the eighth-consecutive year. Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly improved to 20-3 in opening-round Big 12 Championship tilts.