Iowa State Women Beat Up On Drake

By Rob Gray, Reporter

Iowa State guard Nicole Blaskowsky (15) drives to the basket past Drake forward Morgan Reid during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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AMES — Iowa State point guard Nikki Moody heard about her first career double-double from a reporter.

Teammate Hallie Christofferson then nudged her, as if to say, “Welcome to the club.”

The No. 24 Cyclones — from the starting five to the end of the bench — stuffed the stat sheet Tuesday against Drake, rolling to a 87-45 win before 10,243 fans at Hilton Coliseum.

“I didn’t even know that,” said Moody, who scored 15 points while doling out 10 assists in 24 minutes. “Mostly I just give credit to my teammates.”

Why not?

The mostly Moody-led offense flowed for nearly 40 minutes and the defense shined when it mattered most — holding the rebuilding Bulldogs to 16 percent shooting en route to a 51-13 halftime lead.

“We really couldn’t play any better,” ISU coach Bill Fennelly said.

ISU (5-0) exhibited a killer instinct in the first half, unshackling itself from an early 5-5 tie with a 45-6 flourish that spanned more than 17 minutes.

“The way it happened is we played great on one end and then even better on the other end,” Fennelly said. “It went pretty quickly.”

Christofferson led the dominant charge, nearly posting a double-double (15 points, eight rebounds) in the first 20 half alone.

She hit both of her first-half 3-point attempts while draining 7-of-8 from the free throw line and finished with 20 points and 10 boards.

“From the last eight minutes of the Illinois (win), she just kept going from there,” Fennelly said. “To get 20 and 10 in 24 minutes, that’s pretty impressive. You’ve got to be good and you’ve got to be playing hard to do that. ... Hallie’s a kid that’s going to change our team dramatically.”

As much on defense as on the scoreboard.

Drake’s leading offensive threat, Kyndal Clark, didn’t score a basket and Stephanie Running — who notched 18 points for the Bulldogs in a much closer game last season —totaled two points.

“We really followed the scouting report,” Christofferson said. “Coaches did a really nice job telling is where to be and how to take their strengths away. We played to the scouting report.”

Post Anna Prins chipped in 17 points for the Cyclones, who played without leading rebounder Chelsea Poppens, who missed her second straight game because of a concussion.

“Our goal is to have her back (next week), but there’s no way of knowing,” Fennelly said.

Her presence was felt — even as she wore street clothes, bound to the bench.

“I could hear her,” Christofferson said.

Next up for the Cyclones: Eight days free of games, then a Dec. 6 Cy-Hawk Series matchup at Iowa.

And work.

Lots and lots of work.

“We’re just going to get in the gym and shoot some more,” Christofferson said. “Hopefully keep things rolling.”

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