2:00 PM ET, January 29, 2005
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Four days after its worst shooting performance of the season, Iowa State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) regained its touch, using a 47 percent shooting effort to beat unranked Oklahoma 73-60 on Saturday."In our last outing against Kansas State we were fairly embarrassed," said Iowa State guard Anne O'Neil, who led all scorers with 21 points.Tuesday night, the Cyclones shot 31 percent from the floor and scored 52 points -- both season lows -- in a 74-52 loss to No. 16 Kansas State.Oklahoma, which entered the game allowing opponents a league-low 25 percent 3-point shooting, could only watch as the Cyclones hit their first five 3-pointers and their first seven shots overall. Iowa State didn't miss from the floor until the 13:10 mark, when Mary Fox's right-handed leaner missed the mark.The Sooners outrebounded the Cyclones 49-34 but couldn't do much with the extra chances, finishing the game with their second-worst shooting performance of the season."We weren't very good at getting the ball inside," Oklahoma Coach Sherri Coale said after watching her team shoot 29 percent. "Iowa State runs a zone and sometimes what they give you is the 3 and we didn't take advantage of that."When Megan Ronhovde's 3-pointer found its mark just 1:53 into Saturday's game, the Cyclones shared a collective sigh of relief."It was like a weight was lifted off our shoulders," Fox said. "We couldn't buy a basket against Kansas State."Iowa State (16-2, 6-1) lived up to its reputation as the best 3-point shooting team in the conference, hitting 13-of-27 shots from behind the arc.Oklahoma (11-7, 3-4) stayed close as the two teams swapped the lead 15 times during the first half with neither team leading by more than six points.Iowa State shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half to help the Cyclones take a 40-34 halftime lead. The Cyclones led by as many as 13 in the second half with their lead never dipping below five points.O'Neil's 21 points puts her two shy from becoming the 16th Cyclone player in school history to score at least 1,000 points.The Cyclones host Colorado on Wednesday while the Sooners play at Kansas.