Cyclone women get big win over rival Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, TEX. – The offensive numbers jumped from the box score.

Sixty percent from three-point range, 56 percent from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 shooting effort from Haillie Christofferson.

Still, it was the defensive effort that Iowa State women’s basketball coach was most excited about in the Cyclones’ 58-54 victory over Texas Tech Saturday.

“Defense travels and so does effort and tonight was a great example of that,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said.

“If you go on the road and hold somebody to 54 points, you are going to be in the game.”

That effort helped the Cyclones (11-1, 2-0) win their opening two games in Big 12 play for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

“Everybody is tired but it will be a good flight home,” said Fennelly.

Christoffersen led Iowa State with 13 points on a 5-for-5 effort from the field and Chelsea Poppens had a game-high 15 rebounds as the Cyclones fought back from an early second half deficit before holding off the Lady Raiders late.

Chyna Brown paced Texas Tech (11-3, 1-1) with a game-high 19 points, while Casey Morris added 13.

Iowa State, which finished 9-of-15 from deep and 22-of-39 from the field, faces Baylor in Waco, Texas Wednesday with tip-off set for 7 p.m.