7:00 PM ET, March 22, 2009
E. A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Lacey leads Iowa State's barrage of 3-pointers to cruise past East Tenn. St.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Iowa State didn't play -- or shoot -- like a team looking ahead.Alison Lacey made six of Iowa State's record-tying 16 3-pointers and the fourth-seeded Cyclones routed East Tennessee State 85-53 in the opening round of NCAA tournament on Sunday.Iowa State (25-8) tied the tournament record for 3s set by Harvard in the opening round of the 1996 tournament and will play 12th-seeded Ball State in the second round on Tuesday night.Lacey led the way, finishing with 18 points. Kelsey Bolte added 12, Heather Ezell scored 11 and Nicky Wieben and Amanda Nisleit added 10 points apiece as the sharp-shooting Cyclones moved into the second round for the third straight year."The coaches just kept telling me to shoot it," said Nisleit, who went 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. "I always listen to them and do what they tell me. Luckily tonight they went in."And in. And in.Iowa State wasted little time taking control as Lacey and Ezell came out firing. Iowa State needed less than 8 minutes to build a double-digit lead and was never threatened the rest of the way. Iowa State made 16 of 38 3-pointers, the 12th time this season the Cyclones have knocked down at least 10 3s in a game.Taronda Wiles led ETSU (20-11) with 16 points, but star Siarre Evans struggled against the bigger, deeper Cyclones. Evans finished with eight points on 3-of-13 shooting as the Buccaneers shot just 31 percent.
• Iowa State advanced to the second round for the third straight season and tied the tournament record with 16 3-point field goals made (South Dakota State also tied the record Sunday).
• The Cyclones, who average 7.8 3-pointers a game, shot 16 for 38 from beyond the arc. Seven different players made at least one 3-pointer for Iowa State.
• Alison Lacey made six 3-pointers, which accounted for all of her game-high 18 points.
• ETSU, making its second tournament appearance, remained winless after falling to Oklahoma State in the first round last season.
-- ESPN research