Women's Basketball

WBB: Ashley Joens and Denae Fritz sweep Big 12 weekly awards

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletics Communications:

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State women’s basketball’s big week on the court led to a collection of accolades off the court, as Ashley Joens earned her third Big 12 Player of the Week of the season, while Denae Fritz became a two-time winner of the Big 12 Freshman of the Week Award, the conference announced on Monday. The 2-for-2 effort was also the first Iowa State sweep of the Big 12 weekly awards since Jan. 19, 2021, when Joens was Player of the Week and Emily Ryan was Freshman of the Week.

Joens now sits alone for second in Big 12 history for career Big 12 Player of the Week awards, now boasting 13 for her career. Iowa State’s star guard/forward was the Cyclones’ leader in both contests. Against then-No. 17 Texas last Monday, she notched a game-high 24 points, while also grabbing eight rebounds and a pair of steals in the Cyclones’ 66-61 win over the Longhorns. In Saturday’s double overtime win at Baylor, Joens rose to the occasion in the bonus periods, scoring 13 of her 27 points in the extra 10 minutes. She also got her 10th double-double of the season with 11 rebounds and dished out four assists in the 81-77 victory.

Fritz was in double figures in both games this past week. In her 10-point outing against Texas, Fritz stepped up with many big shots, but none bigger than her game-icing 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to preserve the win. She also had seven rebounds and three blocks. At Baylor, she played a career-high 45 minutes in the double-OT contest and finished with 12 points (including three 3-pointers) and grabbing seven rebounds.

Fritz, Joens and the Cyclones will be back in action on Wednesday at Oklahoma State. Tip from Stillwater will be at 6:30 p.m. on Big 12 Now.