AMES, Iowa – Ashley Joens started her sophomore season off with a bang, as the sophomore helped lead Iowa State (1-0) to a season-opening 69-36 win over Southern (0-1) Thursday night at Hilton Coliseum.
Joens, a member of the Cheryl Miller Award Watch List, demonstrated her credentials to lead the line for Iowa State. She led the team with 23 points, her fifth career 20-point game along with six rebounds and three steals. Kristin Scott came off the bench to post eight points, six rebounds and four blocks in just 15 minutes, while Rae Johnson also notched eight points.
How It Happened
Ashley Joens scored the first 10 points of the game for the Cyclones, allowing the home side to get out to a 14-2 lead. Despite 10 turnovers, ISU was able to hold the Jaguars to 2-of-19 shooting in the first quarter.
Southern cut the ISU lead to single-digits at 21-13 early in the second, but the Cyclones cleaned it up to start a 10-0 run which expanded their lead to 31-13 and eventually the 20-point advantage enjoyed at the half.
Joens was able to help steady the Cyclones in the third, as she was aggressive getting to the hoop and the line to add to her scoring collection and to increase the Iowa State advantage to 23 heading into the final period.
Players of Note
Ashley Joens scored ISU’s first 10 points of the game in the first 2:30 of the game, with Iowa State and Joens not looking back. Joens kicked off her sophomore season with 23 points, her fifth-career 20-pointer, on 8-of-13 shooting while also adding six assists and three steals.
Kristin Scott was able to make an impact coming off the bench for the Cyclones. The junior played just 15 minutes, but posted eight points, six rebounds and four blocks in her cameo.
The Cyclones hit the road this weekend to take on Drake at the Knapp Center in Des Moines. Tip between ISU and the Bulldogs will be at 2 p.m.