COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Lady Tigers failed to snap their three game losing skid Sunday at Mizzou Arena, falling to No. 19 Iowa State, 65-39.
The Cyclones jumped out to an early lead with a 14-2 run led by freshman Chelsea Poppens and never trailed in the game.
Poppens scored 14 points and added 9 rebounds and 2 assists in the winning effort while holding Tigers’ star forward Jessra Johnson to just 5 points and 3 rebounds.
Senior Allison Lacey led the Cyclones in scoring with 18 points and picked up 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
Lacey said her primary focus was to create opportunities for her teammates against Missouri, but most of the shots ended up in her hands.
“Everything that happens for our team goes through number 4,” Cyclones head coach Bill Fennelly said.
Fennelly said the team feared a let down coming into Columbia after the way Missouri had played at home against Baylor and Kansas the last two weeks.
The Cyclones routed the Tigers in the first half, 39-15, while holding the Tigers to just 16.7-percent from the field.
“Defensively we could not have played better,” Fennelly said.
Missouri head coach Cindy Stein called her team flat all day.
“We’ve got to get tougher,” Stein said. “This has been a tough group, but for whatever reason that didn’t show up early.”
Stein said the team has been struggling lately and have to look within themselves to fix some problems as well as looking at the other teams in the Big 12 in order to prepare.
“This is the sort of game you just have to throw out the window,” she said.
Senior guard Toy Richbow said the team will have to rebound quickly from this loss.
“If anything it should motivate us more because we know we’re better than we performed today,” she said.
The Tigers are currently last in the Big 12 standings with a 1-8 conference record.
With seven more conference games left on the schedule, the Tigers road to the Big 12 Conference Tournament won’t get any easier. Two games against the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers are looming and another date with the Cyclones awaits on Feb. 20 in Ames.