No. 25 Cyclone women stave off West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Hallie Christofferson scored 23 points and grabbed seven boards in No. 24 Iowa State’s 53-49 win over West Virginia on Saturday in Big 12 Conference women’s basketball.

Nikki Moody had 10 points and six assists but seven turnovers, while Chelsea Poppens also had 10 points for the Cyclones, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Iowa State (14-4, 5-3 Big 12), which trailed 37-25 just 35 seconds into the second half, shot 39 percent (16 of 41) from the field, but nine of those shots came from 3-point range. The Cyclones rallied to tie the game at 43-all with 6:24 left to play on Christofferson’s trey.

Ayana Dunning scored West Virginia’s next six points to make it 51-49 with a little more than 2 minutes remaining, but the Mountaineers (11-8, 3-5) missed their next four shots and two free throws as Iowa State pulled away.

“Life in the Big 12 is like this,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly. “The identity of this team is that it really competes. To be down 14 on the road and looking bad and then fight back to win is a tribute to our players.

“We found a way. That is how you do it in conference play.”

Dunning led West Virginia with 17 points, and Jess Harlee added 13 points off the bench.

The Cyclones go back on the road Wednesday to face the Kansas Jayhawks at 7 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan.