Women's Basketball

WBB: Four Cyclones Set To Compete In USA Basketball 3X Nationals

Iowa State Cyclones guard Emily Ryan (11), guard/forward Ashley Joens (24), and guard Lexi Donarski (21) celebrates after winning 67-44 against Georgia in the NCAA women’s basketball second-round at Hilton Coliseum Sunday, March 20, 2022, in Ames, Iowa.

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

AMES, Iowa – Four Cyclones are set to compete in the 2022 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, which is held at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The event will take place from May 13-15, featuring 16 men’s and 16 women’s basketball teams along with some of the best 3×3 players in the country.

Iowa State’s Lexi Donarski, Nyamer Diew, Ashley Joens and Emily Ryan will represent the Cyclones in the 3×3 competition. The Cyclones earned their invitation based off their appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.

“Our players are really looking forward to competing in the 3×3 competition this year,” head coach Bill Fennelly said. “It is a fun event and gives them another chance to represent Iowa State on a national stage.”

The 3X Nationals will tip off May 13 with preliminary-round games. Teams will be seeded based on preliminary records before entering bracket play. Games will be played on the Hall of Fame’s Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams, located in the heart of the Museum. The event is open to the public with purchase of admission to the Hall of Fame. Broadcast information, team rosters and the full schedule will be announced at a later date.

The event will serve as the final evaluation of athletes for selection to various 2022 USA Basketball 3×3 men’s and women’s national teams, including the 2022 FIBA 3×3 World Cup, set for June 21-26 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Played on a half-court with a 10-minute clock and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner. Participating teams earned their spots in the 2022 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals either through Red Bull USA Basketball 3X regional qualifying tournaments last fall or via an at-large invitation from USA Basketball.

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.