- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kelsey Bolte hit a go-ahead turnaround jumper in the final minute as No. 18 Iowa State beat No. 23 Texas 59-55 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Alison Lacey went 5-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Iowa State (24-7), which advanced to meet No. 7 Baylor in the semifinals Saturday.

The Cyclones extended their winning streak to five games and avenged a 55-52 regular-season loss to Texas, their only loss at home all season.

Ashleigh Fontenette led Texas (21-11) with 13 points. The Longhorns have lost six of their last eight games.

Until the final seconds, when Iowa State sealed the win at the free-throw line, the teams never were separated by more than four points in a game that featured 17 lead changes.

Bolte’s basket put Iowa State up 54-52. At the other end, Bolte stole the ball from Brittainey Raven as Raven drove and rose to shoot, and the ball eventually ended up in Lacey’s hands. Lacey was fouled and made two free throws with 27.9 seconds left.

After Fontenette traveled, Bolte made two more free throws to put the Cyclones ahead 58-52.

Erika Arriaran missed a 3-point attempt for Texas and Raven missed a follow shot. Earnesia Williams scored on a putback, was fouled and made the free throw with 1.6 seconds left, but Iowa State’s Denae Stuckey successfully inbounded to Nicky Wieben, who made one of two free throws with four-tenths of a second left.

Bolte scored 12 points for the Cyclones, while Wieben had 10 despite struggling from the field, shooting 4-of-17. But Lacey made her first five 3-point attempts, missing only on a 30-foot desperation shot in the second half as the shot clock ran down on an Iowa State possession.

Raven, who came off the bench for the third straight game after starting all season, had 11 points for Texas, while Williams had 10. The Longhorns shot 32.8 percent from the field (19-of-58) and were unable to consistently generate offense.

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