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Women's Basketball

WBB: Joens named national, Big 12 player of the week

Ashley Joens

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

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State sophomore Ashley Joens was named the Big 12 Player of the Week and ESPNW National Player of the Week after averaging 33.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games on the week.

Joens’ Big 12 Player of the Week honor is her second of the season, while her national recognition is the first of her career and the first by any Cyclone player in program history.  

Joens started the week with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Iowa. On Sunday, Joens dominated Wright State, scoring 41 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Her 41 points ranks second in school history. Joens was incredible in the 4th quarter, as Wright State pulled within two possessions of the Cyclones, Joens scored 18, 4th-quarter points to put the game away for ISU.

Joens drew 25 fouls on the week and leads the nation in free-throw attempts (86) and makes (77). Joens also ranks second in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.4 points per game.

Iowa State is back in action on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Northern Iowa.

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.