Provo, Utah –
Call Iowa State Women’s Basketball Triple AAA because they always provide “roadside assistance.”
Three of the five starters for the Cyclones are freshmen, Arianna Jackson, Audi Cooks, and Addy Brown combined for 54 of Iowa State’s points Saturday afternoon in the Marriott Center, as the Cyclones defeated the Cougars 80-75.
Addy Brown led Iowa State (10-5, 3-0 Big 12) in scoring with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. Brown would also shoot 4-for-7 from 3-pointer range. As a team, Iowa State shot 44% from downtown.
The Cyclones were down eight in the third quarter and shot 57% in the final 10 minutes of the play to earn their third conference win of the season.
Freshman guard Arianna Jackson led the Cyclones on their comeback scoring nine of her 17 points in the third quarter. All of Jackson’s points were threes. She would finish with a career-high in three-pointers made (5) and three-point attempts (7).
The last freshman who would do damage would be the starting center, Audi Cooks who had 13 points and nine rebounds. Cooks would be a hassle for BYU as five of her nine rebounds would be offensive leading to 21 second-chance points for Iowa State.
BYU (10-6, 0-3 Big 12) had four players finish in double figures. One was Senior forward Lauren Gustin, who recorded her 70th career double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Gustin is only now xx rebounds away from breaking the all-time rebounding record.
Kailey Woolston would lead the Cougars in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Woolston is currently second in the Big 12 in 3-point percentage and first as a freshman.
This team still has depth issues as only seven players played in Head Coach Amber Whiting rotation Saturday afternoon. However, there was a spark off the bench that didn’t make much of an impact until Saturday afternoon. Rose Bubakar ladies and gentlemen. The Junior from Fredrick Maryland recorded her first double-digit game of the season scoring 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.
The Cougars will now hit the road for its second road conference matchup against Houston. The Cougar on Cougar Crime will take place on Wednesday, January 10th with tip-off scheduled for 6 pm MT. The game will be live on ESPN+.