Women's Basketball

WBB: Iowa State signs top-15 recruiting class

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball program and head coach Bill Fennelly announced Wednesday that three prep standouts have signed their letters of intent giving Iowa State the 15th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, which is tied for the highest in program history. The trio, who all hail from different states, have signed to play for the Cyclones starting in 2018-19 season.

“We are excited about the players we signed in the 2018 class,” Fennelly said. “I am very proud of the work of our staff as we continue to find players who fit the Iowa State Way. They are skilled players with great versatility, but more importantly, they are great people. Our fans are going to love getting to know these players and watching them play. They will make a very positive impact at Iowa State both on and off the court.”

Maddie Frederick, a 6-0 guard from Tipp City, Ohio, is a three-time All-Conference performer, earning first-team honors her freshman and junior years. Frederick averaged 15.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.3 blocks per game as a junior. Frederick played the last three seasons at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona and will finish her high school career at Tippecanoe High School in Ohio. She led her team to a 26-4 overall record and an Arizona State Championship in her sophomore campaign. Frederick was also recently named a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee and is rated a top-150 prospect on ProspectsNation.com.

“Maddie is a skilled perimeter player that can play anywhere on the floor,” Fennelly said. “She loves the game and her work ethic on and off the court will be contagious. Our fans are going to love the way Maddie plays the game for sure.”

Ashley Joens, a 5-9 guard from Iowa City, Iowa, is a three-time first-team All-State honoree. Joens led City High School to three-straight Mississippi Valley conference championships, including a regional championship last season. Joens is also a three-time conference MVP. She has averaged double figures all four seasons, scoring 1,380 career points. Joens averaged 21.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.1 steals. She is currently ranked the No. 19 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 by ESPN’s Hoop Gurlz and is No. 28 by ProspectsNation.com, making her the highest-rated signee in school history. She is also the top player in the state of Iowa.

“Ashley is a scorer and she can fill up a stat sheet in a variety of ways,” Fennelly said. “Her versatility and passion for the game were things that make her a great fit for our program. Ashley is the best kid in Iowa in the 2018 class and that is always huge for all of us at Iowa State.

Morgan Kane, a 6-3 forward from Riverton Utah, is a three-time All-State honoree. Kane has averaged double figures in her first three seasons at Riverton and even averaged a double-double in her junior campaign, netting 17.4 points and grabbing 10.9 rebounds. Kane also averaged 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 3.0 blocks, leading the Silverwolves to a 17-6 overall record. Kane is rated in the top-150 on ProspectsNation.com.

“Morgan is a post player that can play inside and out,” Fennelly said. “She competes every play and is going to do the work it takes to improve and become a good Big 12 player. Morgan came to our Elite camp and made an immediate impact and we look forward to her being in a Cyclone uniform.”

2017-18 Iowa State Signees

Maddie Frederick, G, 6-0, Tipp City, Ohio, Tippecanoe High School

Ashley Joens, G, 5-9, Iowa City, Iowa, City High School

Morgan Kane, F, 6-3, Riverton, Utah, Riverton High School

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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