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Oklahoma State basketball: Iowa State upsets No. 15 Cowgirls

By Gina Mizell Published: February 26, 2014
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STILLWATER — Iowa State’s long-distance shots poured in early, resulting in 15 of the Cyclones’ first 17 points.

They came from a wide cast of characters, with six Cyclones connecting at least once from behind the arc.

And they came often, as Iowa State made 15-of-36 shots from 3-point land, propelling it to an 86-69 women’s basketball victory over No. 15 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena in a contest that carried plenty of postseason stakes.

“It’s like anything else,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. “When the ball’s going in, you want it a little more, you’re getting yourself open a little bit more…

“When the ball’s going in the basket, that’s the way we’ve gotta play. We don’t have a lot of different weapons. We shoot the 3, we want to get to the free throw line, we want to throw the ball to big No. 5 (Hallie Christofferson). And if those things aren’t working, you lose games.”

The win likely puts Iowa State (19-8, 8-9 Big 12) in the NCAA Tournament. OSU (21-6, 10-6), meanwhile, likely now needs to beat Kansas State at home Saturday and win at Texas in its regular-season finale to clinch the No. 3 spot in the Big 12 Tournament.

Why is that third spot so critical? It’s the difference between likely playing Baylor or West Virginia in the semifinals.

It’s no secret that Iowa State would want to shoot the ball from the outside Wednesday. The Cyclones entered the game ranked 10th nationally with 8.8 makes per game. But they also only normally sink 33.3 percent of the 26.5 attempts per game.

The Cowgirls, meanwhile, were third in the nation at defending the 3-pointer (24.9 percent), with perhaps their best performance of the season coming when they held Iowa State to a 3-of-17 outing in Ames in January.

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