AMES, Iowa — Iowa State bolted to an early lead Saturday and then put its offensive attack on cruise control as the No. 25 Cyclones motored past Kansas State 87-71.
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It was a day of superlatives for Iowa State, 17-5 overall and 8-4 in the Big 12. Chelsea Poppens had 22 points and 18 rebounds, her 27th career double-double. Hallie Christofferson led all scorers with 25 points, the sixth time she’s topped 20 points this season. Nikki Moody had nine points and 13 assists, the sixth time this season she got into double figures in assists.
“They have some senior leadership that leads that team,” Kansas State guard Brittany Chambers said. “Players like Poppens play their butt off every night.
“When you have someone like that, and (teammates) grab ahold of it, they can be good.”
Kansas State never led in the game and has lost four in a row, but Chambers scored a season-high 34 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out four assists. Mariah White scored 25 points for the Wildcats, 12-11 and 3-8. The 59 combined points were the most for two K-State women in a game.
With her assist effort on Saturday, Chambers became the third player in K-State history to rank among the top 10 in career scoring, rebounding and assists.
She has reached double figures in 96 career games, including 22 this season. Chambers has scored 20 or more points in a game 29 times in her career, including 11 this season.