Spokane, WA (Sports Network) - Hallie Christofferson registered a double-
double with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Iowa State Cyclones
captured a 72-60 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Also having a strong game for the fifth-seeded Cyclones (24-8) were Chelsea
Poppens and Brynn Williamson with 19 and 17 points, respectively, while Nikki
Moody filled out her stat line with nine points, seven boards and a game-high
The 12th-seeded Bulldogs (27-6) were paced by Haiden Palmer who recorded a
rather unusual double-double with 14 points and 10 steals, but she ended up
shooting a mere 6-of-21 from the floor, including 1-of-8 behind the 3-point
line. Taelor Karr responded with 15 points and seven boards in the setback.
Shooting only 38.2 percent from the floor and failing to make it to the free-
throw line in the first half, Gonzaga was lucky to be trailing by just three
points at the break, 34-31.
In the second half the Bulldogs saw their accuracy drop to just 27.0 percent
from the field, including 2-of-13 beyond the arc, as they suffered the double-
Iowa State converted 52.3 percent from the floor on the day and made all but
one of 18 attempts at the charity stripe, all crucial considering the squad
was saddled with a staggering 23 turnovers.
With the victory, Iowa State advances to the second round of the tournament
and will face the survivor of the Montana/Georgia matchup.
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