Women's Basketball

Joens named to Cheryl Miller Award Top-10

Ashley Joens looks for a pass against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. Photo Courtesy Kansas Athletics // Andy Eisch

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

AMES, Iowa – The 2021 winner of the Cheryl Miller Award is up for it again in 2022 as Iowa State’s Ashley Joens was named to the Top 10 for the 2022 Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.

It has been a busy couple of weeks on the watch list front for Joens, who across the last two weeks was named to the Late Season Top 20 Watch List for the Wooden Award, the Late Season Watch List for The Dawn Staley Award, the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Midseason Team and remained on the Watch List of the Wade Trophy in addition to the Miller Award.

Joens has had another strong season leading the No. 9 Cyclones. She leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 19.4 points per game, which includes nine 20-point efforts. Her scoring prowess has seen her move up to 2,106 career points, just 44 away from becoming ISU’s all-time leading scorer.

On the boards, Joens is getting 9.1 rebounds per game and has 11 double-doubles to her name, moving up to 42 in her career. She is just 40 rebounds away from becoming the fourth player in Iowa State history to reach 1,000 career rebounds.

Joens and No. 9 Iowa State are back in action on Saturday at TCU at 1 p.m.

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.