Desiree Francis scored 20 points and No. 6 Iowa State survived its worst shooting of the season and a flurry of Kansas State misses at the end to escape with a 64-61 home victory last night.
Iowa State (15-2, 6-0 Big 12) was not ensured its 11th consecutive victory, one short of the school record, until a three-point shot by Kansas State's Angie Finkes from the right corner bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
It was the last of five misses by the Wildcats (9-11, 2-5) in the final minute.
Iowa State got a big lift from freshman Lindsey Wilson, who drove fearlessly into the heart of Kansas State's zone defense for baskets or to set up her teammates. Wilson scored 12 points, including two free throws with 45 seconds left to make it 64-61.
The Wildcats then had plenty of chances. April Sailors missed a three-point shot and Finkes and Kim Woodlee misfired inside. After being awarded possession on a jump ball, Kansas State surprised the Cyclones by having 6-foot-6 Olga Firsova try a three-pointer from the right wing, but she also missed. The ball went out of bounds with 0.6 second remaining, enough time for Finkes to try her final shot.
The scoring by Francis, who also had 10 rebounds, and Wilson offset subpar games by Iowa State's two veterans, Stacy Frese and Megan Taylor.
LSU 87, NEW ORLEANS 54: April Brown scored 16 points and Katrina Hibbert had 15 as the No. 12 Tigers (15-3) won easily at home. Marie Ferdinand added 14 points.