AMES, Iowa -- Nicky Wieben scored 20 points and Toccara Ross added 12 points and 13 rebounds, leading Iowa State to a 61-54 victory over Texas A&M (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) on Wednesday night.
Iowa State (18-7, 6-6 Big 12) held A&M without a field goal for more six minutes during a 14-1 game-clinching run that ended the Aggies' six-game winning streak and dropped them to 0-6 at Hilton Coliseum.
A&M (19-4, 9-3) tied the score at 46 when Patrice Reado scored inside with 8:25 left. But the Aggies didn't get another basket until Reado scored at the 2:17 mark and the Cyclones went to the 6-foot-4 Wieben inside to put it away.
Wieben scored on a follow shot and two low-post moves to give Iowa State a 54-46 lead. After A&M's La Toya Micheaux sank a free throw, the Cyclones came back with two free throws by Wieben, two more by Heather Ezell and a turnaround shot in the lane by Ross to stretch their lead to 60-47 and finish off the Aggies.
Takia Starks hit a career-high five 3-point shots and scored 23 points to lead A&M. But she had only seven points and just one 3 in the second half. Danielle Gant added 13 points for the Aggies, who were outscored 21-2 at the free throw line and shot just 37 percent.
Morenike Atunrase, A&M's No. 2 scorer for the season with an 11.8 average, managed only two points on 1-for-7 shooting. Teammate A'Quonesia Franklin went 0-for-8 from 3-point range and scored only four points but handed out eight assists.
Ezell finished with 10 points for Iowa State, which trailed only twice in the second half, each time by one point. There five ties and three lead changes in the second half before Iowa State went on its decisive run.
Iowa State took advantage of some sloppy play by A&M to open a 15-10 lead, with Ezell getting six of those points and Megan Ronhovde adding a three-point play and a putback.
The Aggies had a shot clock violation on the game's first possession, lost the ball on an unforced traveling violation and gave it up again moments later when Franklin dribbled it off her foot.
But Starks kept getting open shots against ISU's zone and brought her team back, hitting a 3-pointer and a jumper to tie it at 15.
It went back and forth the rest of the half. Amanda Nisleit's 3-pointer and Shellie Mosman's two free throws gave the Cyclones a 28-25 lead before Starks' fourth 3 of the half tied it at 28.