Last season, No. 6 Texas was 13-0 heading into Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State.
At the end of the first half, Texas led the Cyclones 37-24 and appeared to be well on its way to 14-0. But after opening the second half 0-6 from the field and a 9-0 Cyclone run, Texas found itself in a ball game and eventually trailing 57-50 with 8:10 remaining to play.
At the end of the first half, Texas (20-1, 9-1) led the Cyclones (12-9, 4-6) 37-24 and appeared to be well on its way to 14-0. But after opening the second half 0-6 from the field and a 9-0 Cyclone run, Texas found itself in a ball game.
From that point on the teams exchanged baskets until the Cyclones opened a 57-50 lead with 8:10 remaining to play. Texas closed the game on a 7-2 run, but came up short losing 57-59.
What was once a perfect record became 13-1 and through the next nine games that record dropped to 15-8, with five of those seven losses coming on the road.
The Longhorns play the Cyclones again on the road on Saturday afternoon. As Texas heads to the same stadium that kicked off a 4-7 road record last season, head coach Karen Aston
emphasized the importance of road wins.
“Our team really knows that, because last year we really struggled,” Aston said. “We were real good at home and could not win a road game.”
In Texas’ game against Iowa State on Jan. 10, 2015, the Longhorns’ shooting percentage was even worse: 32 percent. On top of that, Texas only made 50 percent of its free throws.
Texas has beaten the Cyclones since then, but not on the road. Earlier this season, Texas routed Iowa State 75-54, at the Erwin Center, behind 29-of-71 field goal shooting including 11-of-22 beyond the arc.
But despite that convincing victory, it’s been a different story at Hilton Coliseum. The last time Texas won there was in a 55-52 tight victory on Feb. 15, 2009, meaning neither Aston nor any of her players have won in Ames.
So far this season, the Longhorns are a perfect 8-0 on the road, which Aston said is a sign of consistency. A road win against Iowa State will add to a list of firsts for Aston and her seniors: beating Tennessee in Knoxville and beating West Virginia at WVU Coliseum.
“We have actually been pretty consistent on the road,” Aston said. “I am real proud of our team right now. It is not even February yet, and we just won our 20th game.”