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    Despite a career-high 24 points from freshman guard Madisen Smith, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s win streak came to an end with 77-61 loss to No. 22 Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.

    Smith had a career-high five 3-pointers to lead the way for the Mountaineers, who move to 16-6 on the season and 7-4 in the Big 12. She went 9-of-18 from the field and dished out four assists as well.

    Senior forward Naomi Davenport was the only other player in double figures. She finished with 14 points, going 6-for-11. Junior guard Lucky Rudd added eight, while redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin finished with six.

    Freshman forward Kari Niblack led the way with eight rebounds, though the Mountaineers were edged on the glass 39-33 by the Cyclones.

    West Virginia finished the game shooting 37.7 percent from the field with nine 3-pointers. Iowa State outscored WVU 40-18 in the paint and 17-9 off turnovers.

    After trading buckets early in the first, a 3-pointer by Davenport put WVU ahead 7-6 with 7:24 to play in the first. A 7-0 run by the Cyclones but them up, 13-7, before Martin ended the run with a jumper down the other end. Davenport added another trey to cut the deficit to four as the Mountaineers trailed 16-12 with 4:19 to play in the first.

    The Cyclones used a trip to the charity stripe and a basket in the paint to stretch their lead to right entering the final minute of play in the frame. Niblack earned a trip to the free-throw line with just over a second remaining and hit both as WVU trailed 20-14 at the end of the opening period.

    Iowa State opened the second at the free-throw line before Smith hit a 3-pointer to cut WVU’s deficit to five at 22-17. A pair of jumpers put the Cyclones’ lead at nine with 6:17 to play. Soon after, both teams were called for fouls – West Virginia for a personal and Iowa State for a technical – and headed to the free throw line, each coming away with two. Freshman forward Jala Jordan drained a 3-pointer to bring WVU within six, but ISU responded with a layup for a 30-22 lead with 4:13 to go in the first half.

    Smith went in for a layup in the paint and Niblack hit a jumper, but the Cyclones added a pair at the free-throw line for a 33-26 lead at the half.

    A 9-0 Cyclone run to start the third put WVU in a 16-point hole, down 42-26. Rudd came through with a layup to stop the streak and Smith followed soon after with a jumper, but Iowa State responded with a 3-pointer for a 47-30 lead midway through the third period.

    Iowa State scored seven straight for a 26-point advantage before Smith hit a jumper in the paint for the Mountaineers, who ended the third period trailing 61-37.

    After Davenport opened the scoring with a jumper, Smith hit a jumper and back-to-back 3-pointers to bring her to 18 points on the night. Davenport added a layup, but the Cyclones responded with a 3-point play as WVU trailed 67-49 at the media timeout.

    Another 3-pointer from Smith – her fourth of the night – put her at 21 points in the game but did little to cut into WVU’s deficit as the Mountaineers trailed 71-54 with under three to play.

    Rudd added a free-throw, followed by a 3-pointer but the Cyclones hit the charity stripe once more to put the final score at 77-61.

    Led by 29 points from Kristin Scott, Iowa State shot 48.2 percent from the field and 77.3 percent at the free-throw line to move to 18-5 on the season and 8-3 in league play.

    West Virginia travels to Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tilt at Texas Tech.

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