Women's Sports

Joens named Big 12 player of the week

Ashley Joens

Ashley Joens scored 30 points and recorded 20 rebounds in Iowa State’s 79-59 win over Texas Southern on Tuesday. The team improved to 2-1 on the season. Photo by Connor Ferguson.

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State sophomore Ashley Joens claimed her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor of her career, the league announced Monday.

Ashley Joens had the biggest week of her career, totaling 56 points and 34 rebounds in just two games. Against Texas Southern, Joens’ night was nothing short of historic, and she completed the first 30-20 game in ISU women’s basketball history. In doing so, she became just the fourth Big 12 player to complete a 30-20 game since 1999-00, joining Brittney Griner, Courtney Paris and Danielle Crockrom.

Joens did not let up as she helped ISU to their first road win of the season. Joens tallied 26 points and 14 boards against the Bison, for her fourth career double-double and second straight. On the week the Iowa City, Iowa native averaged 28.0 points and 17.0 rebounds.

Joens is currently first in the Big 12 in scoring, with 24.3 points and third nationally. She is also third in the Big 12 with 12.3 rebounds per game and 10th in the nation. Joens was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week three times last season.

Joens and the Cyclones are back in action on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. when they take on UAPB on Cyclones.tv.

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.