By Rob Gray
AMES — Find Hallie Christofferson.
Watch her score.
Repeat as needed — and that was a lot early.
Iowa State’s star forward marked her 100th start by scoring 20 or more points for the 15th time in the last 26 games and the No. 9 Cyclones eventually cruised to a 74-48 victory over Texas Tech before 7,089 fans at Hilton Coliseum.
“That was one of those games I thought for about 14 minutes that literally she was playing by herself,” said ISU Coach Bill Fennelly, whose team improved to 14-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12. “She wasn’t getting a whole lot of help.”
The senior from Hamlin finished with 22 points gleaned from 7 of 10 field goal shooting and a 6-for-7 performance at the line as the Cyclones remained one of five women’s teams in the nation yet to suffer a loss.
“We were just passing the ball around,” said Christofferson, who went on a personal 7-0 first- half run that revived a stagnant offense. “We got some stops on defense, which led to our offense.”
ISU held the Lady Raiders (6-8, 0-3) to six first-half field goals while forcing nine of their 18 turnovers.
“I think this game it was just a lot more focus on the scouting report,” said Cyclones guard Brynn Williamson, who added 11 points, including two of her team’s eight 3-pointers. “Attention to detail from every single person was key and I think everyone did a good job of just keeping people in front of them and staying out of foul trouble, things like that.”
ISU’s romp took a while to take shape.
Thanks to a clock snafu, the first four seconds took five minutes to sort out.
It took even longer for ISU to begin dismantling the cold-shooting Lady Raiders, who pulled within 15-12 on Marina Lizarazu’s 3-point basket with 9:09 left in the first half.
At that point, Christofferson and Jadda Buckley were a combined 5 of 5 from the field for the Cyclones.
The rest of the team was a combined 0-for-9 — but that would change.
“(Christofferson) didn’t panic,” Fennelly said.
ISU swiftly rolled out a 20-2 run fueled by eight points from Christofferson and a pair of 3-pointers from off-the-bench spark Kidd Blaskowsky to push its edge to 37-14.
The Lady Raiders (6-8, 0-3) scored seven of the first nine points of the second half, but couldn’t find a semblance of an answer for Christofferson, who nailed a 3-pointer to put ISU ahead 49-29.
“I just kind of took what came,” she said.
Eventually, so did her teammates.
Freshman guard/forward Seanna Johnson narrowly missed her third career double-double, notching 10 points and nine rebounds, and three other Cyclones scored eight or nine points apiece.
“Hallie was really, really good as always,” Fennelly said. “And I thought the other kids found a way to contribute.”