Cougars blown out on the road

The Cougars’ shooting woes continue. After going 6-21 from three on Wednesday against TCU, BYU went 5-23 from downtown on Saturday against the Cyclones.

This marks the fourth-straight game in which the Cougars shot less than 30 percent from distance.

This is the third-straight game where they’ve shot under 40 percent from the field.

BYU is 0-6 on the year when shooting under 40 percent from the floor.

The combination of Iowa State’s shooting and defense proved to be too much to handle for the Cougars on Saturday.

Iowa State shot nearly 50% from the field and knocked down twice as many threes as the Cougars did. They also forced 12 turnovers, 7 blocks, and 6 steals.

And while the Cougars got to the free throw line more than the Cyclones did, they were unable to capitalize there only making 6/15 of their attempts.

BYU was unable to capture a lead the entire game while Iowa State led by 28 at one point and ultimately won by 25.

Lauren Gustin finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, her 22nd straight double-double, and BYU falls to 15-14 on the season and 5-11 in the Big 12.

Amari Whiting pitched in 16 points, but she was the only other player in double figures for the Cougars.

Outside of Gustin and Whiting, 11 points were scored between 5 players.

Since beating no. 18 ranked Baylor two weeks ago, the Cougars went on to win their next two, but then have lost three-straight since then.

This seems to be a recurring theme of the season.

BYU now joins TCU, Cincinnati, and Texas Tech who are all 5-11 in conference play.

Iowa State had three players finish in double digits with Emily Ryan with 22, Audi Crooks with 18, and Hannah Belanger with 17. Just the three of them alone outscored BYU 57-49.

Up next is a Cougar showdown against the Houston Cougars (13-14, 4-12 Big 12) at the Marriott Center on Wednesday February 28th. BYU is 9-5 at home while Houston is 3-8 on the road which is certainly encouraging for BYU who is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak as mentioned earlier.

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