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Iowa women beat No. 22 Iowa State 50-42

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: December 6, 2012

Iowa State knew that it couldn't afford to start slow in Iowa City. After all, the sluggish Cyclones were blasted by 22 by Iowa here two years ago — one of 11 losses by road teams in the last 12 meetings between these two.

It took about seven minutes for them to remember that lesson.

By then, they'd already given the Hawkeyes a 14-point head start.

Taylor's 3 and a Jaime Printy layup put Iowa ahead 14-0 against the shell-shocked Cyclones. But Moody broke the stretch of futility with a 3, and from there, it was Iowa State that dictated the pace.

Iowa scored just six points in the final 14 minutes of the half as Iowa State pulled within 20-17.

Moody then tied it with a 3 with 14:54 left — essentially nullifying the madness of the opening 25 minutes.

"Both teams played really, really good defense. We missed too may free throws. We had an opportunity, I think ,to really put this game away," said Bluder, whose team shot 64 percent from the line.

The Hawkeyes will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament next March.

Beating the Cyclones was a big step toward ensuring they'll still be alive then.

Iowa did beat then-No. 12 West Virginia 79-70 on Nov. 25. But the Hawkeyes also lost to North Carolina in Iowa City, 77-64, and at Florida State by 14. But the biggest mark against Iowa so far was a brutal 66-65 loss at home to Florida International.

Still, the Hawkeyes got the Cyclones at home.

In this rivalry, that seems to be about all that matters.

"I was proud of our effort," Fennelly said. "Both teams played, guarded hard, obviously. But the difference was, we couldn't make a shot."

In reality, neither team could. But the Hawkeyes made up for it with a 25-5 edge at the free throw line, making 16 of them.