RENO, Nev. - Iowa State's Chelsea Poppens had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cyclones past the Butler women's basketball team 64-44 Saturday evening at Nevada. The game was the consolation contest of Nevada's Nugget Classic.
Freshman Haley Howard led the Bulldogs with 10 points. She scored Butler's first eight points of the second half. Sophomore Jenna Cobb scored eight points, including 2-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.
Butler shot 35 percent and just 4-for-20 from beyond the arc. Poppens' play inside and 10 made 3-pointers by Iowa State (4-1) were enough to beat a Butler team that wasn't shooting a high percentage. Also, the Dawgs played without starting point guard Terra Burns.
Aggressive defense kept Butler within striking distance throughout the first half and early in the second period. The Dawgs forced 20 turnovers and played with a high level of intensity. They just couldn't keep with the Cyclones, who lost 66-59 to Penn State on Friday night.
The Bulldogs were within 47-36 with 10 minutes to play before the Cyclones ripped off a 13-0 over the next 4 minutes to pull away. Butler had one lead in the first half, at 10-9. Iowa State led 34-19 at halftime.
Nikki Moody shot 5-for-7 from beyond the arc for 15 points. Kelsey Harris added 12 points for Iowa State, which had a 41-22 rebounding edge and shot 46 percent from the floor.
After playing its first five games away from home, the Butler women's basketball team will host Bradley Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. ET.