AMES, Iowa --Iowa State got 26 points from Angie Welle and reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the third straight year with an 85-70 victory over Florida State Sunday in the Midwest Regional.
Megan Taylor made five 3-pointers and added 22 points in her final home game for second-seeded Iowa State (27-5), which tied the school record for victories and will play in the regional semifinals at Denver next Saturday.
Seventh-seeded Florida State (19-12) had pulled off a major upset earlier in the season when it won at Duke. But the Seminoles could not work the same magic against Iowa State, which finished 62-2 at home in the careers of seniors Taylor and Erica Haugen.
The Seminoles made the Cyclones earn it, though. They cut a 13-point second-half deficit to five before Welle scored eight points during a 17-4 run that put it out of reach.
Tracy Gahan had 14 points for Iowa State, Lindsey Wilson 13 and Haugen nine on three 3-point baskets.
Katelyn Vujas led Florida State with 15 points.
Iowa State concentrated its defense on April Traylor and Brooke Wyckoff, mixing a triangle-and-two with its usual 2-3 zone. Traylor, who scored 30 points in a first-round win over Tulane, was scoreless the first 17 minutes and finished with 10. Wyckoff, averaging 14.8, had eight.
Florida State kept Iowa State from getting any fastbreak baskets in the first half and did a good job challenging Welle inside. Welle, a 67 percent shooter, made only 4-of-10 shots in the opening half and walked away muttering to herself after missing a 3-footer late in the half.
But Welle, who also grabbed 13 rebounds, beat the Seminoles down the floor twice early in the second half and that helped the Cyclones open it up.
Gahan's 3-pointer and Welle's layup gave Iowa State its biggest lead to that point, 47-35, with 18:01 left. Another layup by Welle in transition made it 49-37, and Taylor's 3 from the left corner put the Cyclones up 54-41.
Florida State closed to 57-52 on Petra Hoffman's 3 with 10:58 left but made only one shot over the next 6:23 and Iowa State pulled away.
Welle, 7-for-9 in the second half, drove for a basket from the top of the key and sank two free throws to finish a 7-0 run that made it 64-52. A basket inside by Welle stretched the lead to 70-56 and her fastbreak layup put the Cyclones ahead 74-56 with 4:54 left.
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