Iowa State’s highly anticipated 2020-21 season started off with a convincing win Wednesday, but the No. 18 Cyclones fell short in the second game of the season in a 76-69 loss at South Dakota State.
Iowa State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12 Conference) trailed nearly the entire game after surrendering an early lead. South Dakota State led by as many as 12 points in the first half before taking a 37-33 lead into the break. The Cyclones trailed by four entering the final period but were unable to regain the lead.
Preseason All-American Ashley Joens led the Cyclones with a game-high 36 points, thanks in part to a 15-for-16 effort at the charity stripe. Freshman Lexi Donarski (13 points) and senior Kristin Scott (11) also reached double-figures. Freshman Emily Ryan added seven rebounds and a game-high six assists.
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Next on Iowa State’s schedule is a Big 12 matchup at TCU. The game is set for a 6:30 p.m. tip Wednesday.
This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: No. 18 Iowa State women’s basketball slips against South Dakota State