AMES, Iowa | Iowa State battled back from a three-point halftime deficit to edge South Dakota 81-76 in the women’s basketball opener for both teams Friday at Hilton Coliseum.
A 3-pointer by Adriana Camber with 42 seconds left sealed the victory for ISU, which trailed the Coyote 40-37 at halftime. There were seven lead changes, with the Cyclones getting off to a fast start before South Dakota seized momentum heading into halftime.
The Coyotes led by as many as eight points in the third quarter as Kate Liveringhouse scored seven of her team-high 17 points out of the halftime break. Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton had 19 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.
“I thought our team showed toughness and fight in a difficult environment against a quality opponent,” USD Coach Dawn Plitzuweit said. “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.”
South Dakota led 54-51 after three quarters before the Cyclones outscored USD 30-22 in the fourth quarter.
Ciara Duffy added 11 points and Jaycee Bradley 10 for the Coyotes. Emily Durr chipped in 14 points for Iowa State while Madison Wise and Rae Johnson tacked on 10 points each.
Iowa State made 25 of 41 shots for 61 percent and was 11-for-18 from beyond the arc (61.1 percent). USD shot 45.2 percent, making 28 of 62.
The game marked just the second time in program history that the Coyotes have opened the season against a Power 5 opponent.
The Coyotes play Creighton, last year’s Big East Conference co-champions, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.