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Notebook: Cowgirls lose 90-80 behind Iowa State’s consistent 3-point shooting

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The perfect conference record is over after Oklahoma State women’s basketball lost a competitive matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones on Wednesday night.

OSU benefited from plenty of good things but ultimately failed to stop the Cyclone barrage of 3-pointers.

Natasha Mack keeps pace with Ashley Joens

It didn’t take long for Ashley Joens to wreak havoc.

The junior scored 16 points in the first half and finished with 30. She took 23 shots, making 10 before adding her seven free throws. OSU coach Jim Littell said Joens offers the Cyclones a scorer.

“She scores in a lot of different ways,” Littell said. “She is probably as physical posting as anybody in the league, and then can step outside and shoot the three. She’s good off the dribble and a 92% free throw shooter. She’s got the whole package.”

Mack countered with 34 points, shooting 16-for-23 from the field. When OSU needed baskets, it went to Mack in the paint. Iowa State just outshot the Cowgirls when it mattered.

“It’s hard to simulate in practice with eight kids, how close that you’ve got to guard them,” Littell said. “But we’ve got a better indication now of what we’ve got to do the next time we play them.”

The total is Mack’s career-high in points. Earlier this season, Mack set a career-high with 31 points when the Cowgirls played at North Texas.

Iowa State 3-point shooting

OSU shot 14 threes in Ames.

Iowa State made 16 threes. The barrage left the Cowgirls scrambling for answers all night. At times, OSU cut into Iowa State’s double-digit lead, but the Cyclones’ answers came from beyond the arc.

“We didn’t do a good enough job guarding the three,” Littell said. “We had talked about (it) with our team, but it’s just hard to simulate how close you have to be to Iowa State and the way that you have to play with high hands.”

The Cyclones shot 33 threes out of their 69 attempts from the floor. OSU made more shots but couldn’t overcome Iowa State’s consistent success from 3-point shooters.

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