Loss To Cyclones Ends Huskies' Season In NCAA First Round

March 17, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Iowa State sure looks comfortable at Williams Arena.

Nicky Wieben scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half and Toccara Ross added 12 points to lead the sixth-seeded Cyclones to a 79-60 victory over 11th-seeded Washington in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

Iowa State (26-8) overcame a shoddy start by shutting down Huskies star Cameo Hicks early. Hicks finished with 19 points for Washington (18-13), but missed seven of her first nine shots and didn't get going until the game was out of reach midway through the second half.

Iowa State was 15-1 at home this season, and there was nothing neutral about Williams Arena on Saturday. Thousands of red-clad Cyclones fans took a 3 1/2-hour bus ride up from Ames to cheer on their team, turning 'The Barn' into Hilton Coliseum North.

But it was the Huskies who were the aggressors in the opening five minutes, dominating the offensive glass to take an early lead. Washington, which led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds this season, grabbed three on its first possession and 10 in the first half. The Huskies also forced four turnovers in the opening minutes and jumped out to a 15-6 lead on a jumper from Jill Bell.

Lyndsey Medders hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to start an 11-0 run, though, and got all those Cyclone fans into the game. Even University of Minnesota fans dressed in maroon and gold were rooting for neighboring Iowa State, which has three players from Minnesota on its roster.

Iowa State added a 10-0 spurt later in the first half and Hicks didn't get on the board until she hit a free throw almost 15:30 into the game. She was 1-for-7 from the field in the first half, getting a layup in the closing seconds of the period to cut Iowa State's lead to 39-26.

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