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Iowa State defeats North Dakota in opener

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 11:03 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 11:04 a.m. CDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Hallie Christofferson scored a career-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds as No. 23 Iowa State beat North Dakota 84-55 Sunday in the season opener for both teams.

Iowa State struggled to break away from North Dakota for most of the first half, but the Cyclones closed the first half on a 14-5 run, pushing their half- time lead to 47-35. North Dakota never threatened in the second half.

Nicole Blaskowsky scored 14 points and added a career-high 10 rebounds while Nikki Moody added 10 points.

Madi Buck led North Dakota with 16 points, and Megan Lauck scored 13. Mia Loyd led the team with 10 rebounds. North Dakota struggled from the field, shooting only 30 percent.

The win brought Iowa State’s season-opener record to a perfect 19-0 under head coach Bill Fennelly.

Iowa State hosts South Dakota Wednesday.