IOWA STATE 95, NIAGARA 35
Ames, IA – Iowa State burst its way to a 23-point lead after one quarter and kept Niagara at a comfortable distance the rest of the way in Round 1 of the 2018 Preseason WNIT.
The Cyclones (1-0) will host Northern Illinois in Round 2; that game is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The Purple Eagles (0-2) move into the consolation round.
Freshman guard Ashley Joens launched her highly anticipated ISU career with 16 points. All Big-12 senior Bridget Carleton closed with 14 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, and Inez Nezerwa added 14 points. Iowa State shot 54 percent from the field (all 12 players in uniform scored) and had a 46-31 edge in rebounding.
Iowa State claimed a 27-4 lead after the first 10 minutes, which was capped by a 3-pointer from Adriana Camber at the buzzer. The Cyclones then enjoyed an 11-1 run over the final 5:37 of the second quarter to take a 49-12 halftime lead.
Jai Moore had 12 points for Niagara, and Maggie McIntyre added 11 points.