Iowa State Women Beat Nebraska 69-61 in Big 12 Tourney

Nebraska's Lindsey Moore, center, makes a pass under the basket around Iowa State's Anna Prins, left, and Chelsea Poppens, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big 12 Conference women's tournament on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


By Aaron Hepker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lauren Mansfield scored 23 points and Kelsey Bolte added 15 to lead fifth-seeded Iowa State to a 69-61 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday in the opening round of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament.

Iowa State will meet No. 4 seed Kansas State in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

The Cyclones (22-9) couldn't shake the Huskers until Chelsea Poppens snapped a 57-57 tie with a three-point play with 4:07 left.

Mansfield and Bolte each hit five 3s, and Poppens had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Jordan Hooper had 16 points and Lindsey Moore 13 for the Huskers (13-18), who are departing the Big 12 next year for the Big Ten.

Nebraska, a No. 12 seed that finished just 3-13 in the Big 12 regular season, hung tough throughout the first half, overcoming an early 12-point deficit to forge a 38-38 tie on Hooper's 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.
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