• Box Score: Iowa State 64, Nebraska 43
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AMES, Iowa — Nebraska fell apart Tuesday night in the second half of its first conference road game, falling 64-43 to No. 17 Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum.
The Huskers scored the game's first nine points and led 26-21 at halftime, but lost control of the Big 12 contest from there.
The Cyclones (13-3, 1-1 Big 12) used second-half runs of 19-4 and 22-0 to cruise to their 10th straight home win. Senior Kelsey Bolte scored 18 of her game-high 22 points after halftime.
Nebraska, plagued by foul trouble, didn't have the firepower to keep pace.
“You can't be excited about playing one good half,” NU coach Connie Yori said on the Husker Sports Network after the game. “In this league, you've got to be able to put 40 minutes together.”
The Huskers (10-6, 0-2) went scoreless for about eight minutes midway through the second half. They missed 23 of their first 28 shots out of the break. The Cyclones, meanwhile, shot 58.6 percent from the field after halftime.
Iowa State grabbed its first lead of the night when Bolte hit a 3-pointer to make it 28-26 about two minutes into the second half. Bolte, who played high school basketball at Battle Creek-Ida Grove in western Iowa, hit two more 3-pointers during the next three minutes.
Junior guard Lauren Mansfield converted a layup with about 13 minutes left that gave Iowa State a 42-32 lead. Nebraska scored the next five points to make it 42-37, but that was as close as it got.
“They got kind of what they wanted in the second half,” Yori said. “We didn't really dictate on the defensive end.”
It was a different story early on. NU took a 15-4 lead when forward Jordan Hooper made a 3-pointer with 12 minutes left before halftime.
Iowa State slowly began clawing back from there. They pulled within two before NU's Lindsey Moore nailed a deep 3-pointer with 41 seconds left in the first half.
Moore finished with 13 points.
Hooper added eight points, but spent much of the night in foul trouble. Center Catheryn Redmon played just 23 minutes, mostly because of fouls. Senior Dominique Kelley, who's been battling knee soreness, sat out for the fourth time in Nebraska's past five games.
The Huskers, who have now lost two straight, will host Kansas on Sunday.