AMES, Iowa — Lexi Donarski scored 22 points as No. 8 Iowa State routed SIU-Edwardsville 93-43 on Tuesday night.
The Cyclones (6-1) were playing just 48 hours after suffering their first loss - to North Carolina in Portland, Ore. on Sunday - and returning home around 5:45 a.m. Monday.
Olivia Clayton and Ajulu Thatha each scored seven points for SIU-Edwardsville (0-6) which shot just 26.2 percent for the game.
The Cyclones used a 15-5 run in the first quarter to seize control. Donarski made a layup and hit two free throws to give Iowa State a 26-11 lead.
Another 8-0 run early in the second quarter helped the Cyclones build a 38-17 advantage. Four consecutive free throws by Joens made it 44-19.
Iowa State shot 52.9 percent in the first half (18 of 34) and scored 17 points off turnovers.
The Cyclones lead eventually grew to 62-22 early in the third quarter.
Iowa State made an emphatic bounce back after suffering its first loss of the season. The Cyclones should make their 12th straight appearance in the top ten when next week's poll comes out.
SIU-Edwardsville: plays the second game of a six-game road swing Dec. 6 at Louisville.
Iowa State: The Cyclones visit No. 10 Iowa on Dec. 7.