Kelsey Bolte, Anna Prins power Cyclones to win

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Iowa State sure didn't play as if it's one of the lowest-scoring teams in the Big 12 Wednesday night.

Kelsey Bolte scored 26 points, Anna Prins added a career-high 23 and the Cyclones (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) had their best shooting night of the season in an 85-66 victory over Nebraska.

Iowa State (14-5, 2-3 Big 12) shot 57.6 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers while scoring the most points allowed by Nebraska (11-8, 1-4) this season.

"It was nice to see us make some shots," Cyclones coach Bill Fennelly said. "We're a team that has struggled to score, and we certainly made some shots tonight and that changes a lot of things. Overall, we played offensively better than we've played in a long, long time."

Bolte has scored 20 or more points in five straight games. The only senior on Iowa State's roster made 9 of 12 shots and is shooting 58.3 percent in Big 12 games.

She got lots of help from the 6-foot-7 Prins, who was 10 of 18 from the field. She was a force inside, scoring on putbacks and finishing with nine rebounds. She also hit a couple of 3-pointers.

"We've lived and died so much with Kelsey Bolte carrying us," Fennelly said. "The last game we played we had four baskets in the post. Today we were much, much better."

Lauren Mansfield added 10 points, and all nine ISU players who got minutes scored.

"Everyone was knocking down shots," Bolte said. "Everyone had a lot of jump, and everyone made their shots. Everyone was willing to step up and shoot it when they were open."

Lindsey Moore scored a career-high 27 points for Nebraska, making 8 of 16 shots and all 10 of her free throws. Kaitlyn Burke added 11 points.

Each of Nebraska's four losses in conference play have been by at least 19 points. Iowa State scored its most points in a conference game since scoring 85 against Colorado in 2005-06.

"I thought Iowa State played really well, but we helped them play well," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. "They understand we have some defensive weaknesses, and they did a good job of trying to identify where some of our weaknesses are."

The Cyclones led 45-33 at half in a game matching teams ranking eighth and ninth in the Big 12 in scoring.

Moore scored 17 points in the first half, with one of her left-handed scoop shots pulling the Huskers within 19-15.

The Cyclones broke things open on an unusual sequence of plays that quickly put them ahead by 12 points. As Amanda Zimmerman hit a 3-pointer in front of the Nebraska bench, the Huskers' Catheryn Redmon was called for a foul away from the ball.

Yori raised her hands and yelled "No" as Iowa State was given the ball back. Zimmerman hit a jumper off the inbound pass and, after Jordan Hooper missed at the other end, Bolte made a 3 to put the Cyclones up 27-15.

"It's hard when they come out firing and shooting as well as they did, but we have to come out and make them miss," Moore said.

The Huskers couldn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

"We played well enough on offense to win," Yori said. "We just weren't able to stop them."

Iowa State came into the game off back-to-back losses to Colorado and Texas A&M (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP).

"We decided that we were going to play as a team and play unselfishly," Prins said. "Things are slowly coming together."

The Cyclones, who beat Nebraska 63-43 in Ames two weeks ago, swept the season series. The teams were playing for the last time in the regular season as Big 12 members. The Huskers, who are moving to the Big Ten, won 40 of 75 meetings.

"We knew this would be the last time we would come here," Bolte said. "We wanted to come in and make our mark and get a good win, and we were able to do it."