AMES, Iowa (AP) — Down 11 in one of the toughest places in the country to play, 13th-ranked Texas used its bench to rally past an Iowa State team that had yet to lose at home.
Earnesia Williams scored with 24 second left as Texas put up the game's final eight points and beat the 16th-ranked Cyclones 55-52 on Sunday. It was the Longhorns fifth straight win.
Erika Arriaran scored 16 points to lead Texas (19-5, 7-3 Big 12) which snapped the Cyclones four-game home winning streak against ranked opponents.
The Longhorns got a staggering 39 points from their bench. In addition to Arriaran, Ashley Lindsey shot 6-of-9 from the field for 12 points and Williams chipped in with seven points, six rebounds and a pair of steals.
Texas needed all those contributions from its reserves because its starters shot just 5-of-28 from the field. Guards Kathleen Nash and Brittainey Raven, who lead the Longhorns in scoring, combined for just seven points.
"We kept our composure," Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said. "We got the stops, got the steals and really we were able to sneak away with a win."
Iowa State led 52-47 with 2:04 left before Arriaran hit a pair of jumpers to pull the Longhorns within one. Texas got the ball back on a steal by Arriaran, and Williams' putback gave the Longhorns a 53-52 lead.
Iowa State then lost the ball out of bounds with 11 seconds left and Texas's Carla Cortijo — who played despite having the flu — hit two free throws.
Iowa State's Alison Lacey failed to get off a potential game-tying 3-pointer as time expired and Lindsey secured the ball and the win.
"We had a couple situations where people got caught in the wrong spot, maybe didn't want the ball," Iowa State Bill Fennelly said.
Lacey had a game-high 19 points for the Cyclones (18-6, 6-4), who led by as much as 11 late in the first half. Iowa State fell to 12-1 at home this season.
"I think we got a little passive at the end. Texas made some big plays. Arriaran, especially, didn't miss," Lacey said. "It's hard to stop someone who is shooting like that, and they turned up their pressure defensively."
Texas trailed by as much as 26-15 early on, but it went on an 11-2 run to grab the lead, 34-33, with 12:10 left. Williams and Raven each hit lay-ups, and Lindsey had a pair of baskets that helped give the Longhorns their first lead since midway through the opening half.
Kelsey Bolte answered with a 3 to put Iowa State back ahead 38-36. Texas later tied the game at 45, but Heather Ezell connected on her first 3 of the game with 5:30 left.
Iowa State and Texas combined to miss 21 of their first 25 shots, which was why it was just 5-5 nearly eight minutes into the game. But Bolte followed two Lacey 3s with one of her own to put the Cyclones ahead 16-9 with 8:38 left in the first half.
The Longhorns pulled back within one before Iowa State went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 26-15 late in the first half. Texas got a 3 from Arriaran and a jumper from Cortijo to get within 26-20 at halftime.
Still, things didn't look good for the Longhorns.
Iowa State, which has one of the most rabid fan bases in the country, drew 12,242 for the game. Its fans were on their feet from the opening tip, and they sensed early on that the Cyclones were on their way to yet another win over a Top 25 team.
But Texas showed much-needed resolve, which paid off down the stretch.
"I think it actually all stems from practice. I think there's a lot of times when we turn the ball over and bicker at each other when things get hard. Coach (Goestenkors) and the rest of the coaching staff always say 'We need to stick together in these times,'" Arriaran said. "I think that's carried over to our games. Which has really helped us, in a huge gym like this with so many fans, we all know that we're by ourselves out there and we need to stick together."
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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