No. 23 ISU women club Eastern Washington

LAS VEGAS – Hallie Christofferson and Seanna Johnson scored 20 points apiece and the No. 23-ranked Iowa State women’s basketball team dispatched Eastern Washington 88-60 in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout on Friday night.

This was the 19th career 20-point game for Christofferson, who also had six rebounds.

Iowa State (5-0) had no trouble with Eastern Washington (0-4) as the Cyclones led by as much as 35 points with 9:38 remaining in the second period. The Cyclones hit 17 of 32 shots from the floor in the first half as they jumped out to a 50-27 halftime lead.

Iowa State shot 48.3 percent from the field for the game, including a 12-for-29 clip from 3-point range.

Christofferson became just the fourth player in Cyclone history to record at least five consecutive 20-point games as she moved past Nicki Wieben into 15th on ISU’s career scoring chart.

Johnson’s 20 points were her career high.

Sophomore Madison Baier, a South Tama graduate, pulled down a career-best eight rebounds to go with four points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Cyclones.

Lexie Nelson led Eastern Washington with a season-high 18 points. Melissa Williams added 10.

Iowa 78, Boston College 68

CANCUN, Mexico – Melissa Dixon made two of her five 3-pointers during an 8-0 Iowa run late in the second half as the Hawkeyes rallied past Boston College, 78-68, on the second day of the Cancun Challenge.

After leading by as many as nine points in the first half, the Hawkeyes fell behind by five, 53-48, after the Golden Eagles’ Kelly Hughes hit a 3-pointer with 11:53 left.

Iowa led 62-61 before a decisive eight-point surge, sparked by Dixon’s fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the game. Bethany Doolittle added a layup to make it 70-61 with 2:52 to play, and a Hughes triple ended a scoreless span of 2:09 for Boston College (3-3).

Dixon led Iowa (7-1) with 17 points as all five starters scored in double figures. Kali Peschel scored 11 of her 15 in the second half, and Doolittle finished with 15 as well. Samantha Logic and Theairra Taylor both tabbed 10 points.

Hughes came off the bench to lead the Golden Eagles with 18 points, and Kristen Doherty had 16.

Iowa wraps up tournament play tonight, taking on North Carolina-Wilmington at 7:30 p.m.

Cornell 59, Drake 49

SEATTLE – The Big Red led for nearly the entire game, defeating Drake 59-49 in the 2013 Delta Dental Thanksgiving Tournament.

A running jumper by Drake’s Kyndal Clark gave her team a 34-33 lead, but Cornell came back with the next eight points to put the Bulldogs back in the rearview mirror.

Drake went scoreless for more than four minutes as the Big Red pulled away.

Clark scored a team-high 12 points for Drake. Lizzy Wendell and Liza Heap both contributed 10 points. Wendell had a game-high five steals and Heap led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds.

Cornell freshman Nia Marshall had her first career double-double, notching 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Kerri Moran led the Big Red with 14 points and four assists. Moran shot 10-of-12 at the free-throw line as Cornell attempted 23 freebies to Drake’s four.

Drake will meet either Coastal Carolina or tournament host Seattle tonight at 6 p.m.

UTSA 63, Northern Iowa 55

SAN ANTONIO – Tournament host Texas-San Antonio took down Northern Iowa, 63-55, on Friday.

Mannasha Bell had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Roadrunners (3-4) to victory.

Northern Iowa (2-4) twice led by just one point on early free throws, but that was all for the Panthers. Madison Weekly had a career-high 18 points, going 10-for-12 from the free-throw line, to lead UNI.

Brooke Brown added a season-best 12 points for the Panthers, who shot just 1-of-18 from 3-point land.

UTSA jumped out to a 37-20 halftime lead and maintained a double-digit margin until a pair of free throws from Weekly with 6 minutes remaining. Northern Iowa got no closer than seven the rest of the way.