ISU tries to rebound for top-ranked Lady Bears

AMES – The No. 24-ranked Iowa State women’s basketball team will try to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season, but will have to knock off top-ranked Baylor to do it.

The Cyclones (13-3, 4-2) bring a nine-game Hilton Coliseum winning streak into tonight’s 7 p.m. contest, which will be televised by Mediacom. The defending national champions from Baylor (16-1, 6-0) have won 14 in a row.

The Lady Bears are led by Preseason National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, who averages Big 12 Conference-bests of 21.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She needs just 40 points to become the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer and 13 blocks to eclipse the NCAA record.

Iowa State suffered a 29-point setback at the hands of No. 17 Oklahoma State, which came just five days after a 21-point rout of No. 16 Oklahoma.

Hallie Christofferson recorded her fourth double-double of the season as ISU’s lone bright spot against the Cowgirls, and she’s averaging a team-high 14.4 points per game. Chelsea Poppens (12.3) and Anna Prins (10.1) also are averaging in double figures.

Nikki Moody leads the Big 12 with 7.7 assists per game.

Iowa State ranks 18th in the country in allowing just 51.9 points per game, but Baylor ranks third in the nation in scoring offense (82.1).

The two teams met two weeks ago in Waco, Texas, with the Lady Bears picking up a 67-39 triumph.