Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins sat out with injuries but the Iowa State women had no problem with Mississippi Valley State as the Cyclones rolled to a 77-47 win in Hilton Coliseum. Sophomore Hallie Christopherson had a career high 24 points and added eight rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the way.

Christopherson says they knew State had a smaller lineup, so they wanted to get the ball into the post to shoot over them.

Christopherson says even without Poppens and Prins the Cyclones still had a size advantage. “We’ve been working in the post trying not to dribble the ball, because in the future there’s going to be a lot of double teams, just turning catching and shooting over,” she explained.

Freshman Fallon Ellis got extensive playing time and finished with 11 points. Ellis says she came in with the attitude that she had to step up her game and show that she could play. The Cyclones are off until December 20th and Christopherson says the focus this week is on final exams.

“You just have to focus on school right now, it’s gonna be a hard couple of next days, we don’t have practice and we’re just gonna focus on school,” Christopherson said.

The Cyclones improve to 6-2.