Cyclones run over Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – Hallie Christofferson celebrated her birthday with 25 points and seven rebounds as the No. 22 ranked Iowa State women’s basketball team cruised past Cincinnati, 78-42, in its first test of the season Thursday at Fifth Third Arena.

Christofferson connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers, while freshmen Seanna Johnson and Jadda Buckley added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Cyclones (3-0) claimed a 15-point lead on a Fallon Ellis jumper with 5:21 left in the first half before the Bearcats closed on a 8-2 run to trail 34-25 at the break. Iowa State opened the final stanza with a 20-7 surge and a 55-32 lead as the Cyclones coasted to the non-conference victory.

“We played our game tonight,” said Christofferson. “We didn’t let down on our energy and we created our own energy.”

Iowa State connected on 13-of-21 field goal attempts (61.9 percent) in the second half to outscore the home team 44-17. The Cyclones shot 52 percent for the game, while making 12 of their 24 attempts from beyond the arc.

“It was by far the best we’ve played,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly. “Any road win is a good one.”

Nikki Moody and Nicole Blaskowsky each tallied eight points, while South Tama County grad Madison Baier chipped in two rebounds and an assist in nine minutes.

Dayeesha Hollins paced Cincinnati (1-3) with 12 points and Alexis Durley added 10. The Bearcats made just five field goals in the second half and shot 29.6 percent on the night.