AMES, Iowa– A 3-pointer by Iowa State’s Adriana Camber with 42 seconds to play sealed the game for the Cyclones, who defeated South Dakota 81-76 in the programs’ season openers on Friday afternoon inside Hilton Coliseum.
The game featured seven lead changes with Iowa State (1-0) getting out to a hot start. The Cyclones led 17-7 just seven minutes into the game, but a steal by freshman guard Monica Arens with a fast-break layup shifted the momentum in the Coyotes favor. The Coyotes (0-1) went on a 17-8 run to close Iowa State’s lead to one at 25-24.
A hook shoot by senior center Kate Liveringhouse with 3:29 to play in the second quarter tied the game at 31 and started another run by the Coyotes. Junior guard Jaycee Bradley drained the three with a minute left in the half that put USD up for the first time, 38-35.
South Dakota stretched the lead to as many as eight, as Liveringhouse put up seven points out of the break. It was not until the fourth quarter where the game tied up three times. Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton scored 19 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth period alone.
After Camber’s made three put the Cyclones up 74-69, the Coyotes traded layups for the Cyclones’ made free throws to finish off the game.
“I thought our team showed toughness and fight in a difficult environment against a quality opponent,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “Iowa State is a well-coached team and they made multiple big-time plays down the stretch, which allowed them to separate in a very close game.
“We have to improve quickly and prepare for a quality opponent on Tuesday as we host the co-Big East champions in Creighton. We are excited to return home and look forward to seeing our fans pack the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Tuesday night.”
Liveringhouse led the Coyotes with 17 points while finishing 7-of-13 from the field. She also tallied three assists and the Coyotes’ lone block of the game. Sophomore guard Ciara Duffy joined Liveringhouse in double figures with 11 points and Bradley pitched in 10 more points. Duffy and Bradley both pulled in a team-high five rebounds.
South Dakota’s scoring was spread between nine Coyotes in the game. Junior guard Allison Arens added nine points and freshman guard Chloe Lamb came off the bench to score eight points and dish out four assists. Senior guard Jasmine Trimboli scored all seven of her points in the first quarter, including a corner three just before the buzzer during the Coyotes’ run. Sophomore forward Taylor Frederick also scored seven points.
Outside of Carleton, the Cyclones had three more players in double figures. Emily Durr pitched in 14 points while Madison Wise and Rae Johnson each had 10 apiece.
Iowa State made 25-of-41 field goals in the game for 61 percent, including shooting 61.1 percent from outside the arc. South Dakota finished at 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field.
This game marked just the second time in South Dakota program history that the Coyotes have opened the season with a Power 5 opponent. Iowa State improves to 6-4 in the all-time series history against the Coyotes.
The Coyotes return home to host champions Creighton at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.