ISU's Christofferson marks 100th game with typical performance

Published: January 8 2014 | 8:43 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:50 am in

 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.”

 Some stops?

 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.”

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