ISU women improve to 2-0 in Italy

TRIESTE, Italy – Replacing the hole left by Hallie Christofferson won’t be a quick fix.

But the Cyclones appear to have some freshmen ready to pick up the slack.

Receiving big contributions from a few of its first-year players, the Iowa State women’s basketball team dispatched ASD Societa Ginnastica, 72-60, here Monday.

Freshman Nakiah Bell paced Iowa State with 17 points and shot 5-of-7 from long range to lead ISU to its second win in Italy.

The Cyclones started the second quarter with a 13-2 run to grab a 43-23 advantage. Bell shot 4-for-4 from the field and made all three of her attempts from beyond the arc to pace ISU with 11 first-half points. Freshman Emily Durr knocked down a pair of treys en route to eight points before the break and she finished with six boards.

ASD Societa Ginnaistica ralled back within 49-43 with a 17-6 surge in the third quarter, before the Cyclones pulled away again in the fourth.

“I thought we played 30 really good minutes,” ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. “In the third quarter we lost our offensive momentum a little bit and let the game get close again.”

Senior Nikki Moody was second for ISU with 13 points and dished out three assists. Freshman Bryanna Fernstrom tallied 10 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Seanna Johnson had eight points and eight boards.

“It was good to see us play the way we played and it was good to see some development out of our freshmen,” Fennelly said. “The four freshmen who are playing a lot, played a lot of minutes and scored a lot of points so that’s been encouraging. We are still trying to find our balance, but overall it was a solid game and certainly thirty good minutes.”

South Tama County grad Madison Baier had two rebounds in the win. The Cyclones face Chemcats Chemnitz in Lake Como on Wednesday with tip-off set for 11 a.m.