AMES, Iowa – Sophomore Ashley Joens put up the first 30-point, 20-rebound performance in school history on Tuesday to lead Iowa State (2-1) to a 79-59 victory over Texas Southern (1-2) at Hilton Coliseum. Joens’ 20 rebounds are tied for the third-most in a single game in program history, and her 16 made free throws tied the single-game program mark, set by Angie Welle (vs. Nebraska, ’02).
How It Happened
The Cyclones got off to a slow start offensively on Tuesday morning, plagued by a 1-9 start from the field that had them playing from behind for much of the first stanza. The scrappy Tiger defense allowed TSU to lead 12-11 after 10 minutes of action, holding Iowa State to 3-18 from the field in the first quarter.
Joens went to work and flipped the script, hitting consecutive triples to open the second quarter. Iowa State surged with Joens, as the sophomore tallied 11 points in the period after being held scoreless in the first, and also had 10 boards to secure her third career double-double before halftime.
Iowa State continued to pull away after the intermission, led by Joens’ outburst. With the Tigers unable to contain her off the dribble, the native of Iowa City, Iowa, earned trip after trip to the free throw stripe in the second half, and made the most of it. Joens connected on 15-of-16 from the charity stripe after intermission.
The Cyclones would outscore TSU 29-16 in the fourth quarter, shooting 8-13 from the field, including 2-2 from beyond the arc in the final stanza to put the game away.
Players of Note
Ashley Joens tied Iowa State’s single-game school record with 16 made free throws on 18 attempts and recorded the first 30-point, 20-rebound game in program history. The sophomore also dished out two assists and blocked a shot.
Kristin Scott also had an excellent outing off the bench for the Cyclones. The junior posted 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, to go with eight rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes of action.
The Cyclones head north to Fargo, N.D., to take on North Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m. Mediacom will carry a live telecast of the game on its local TV channel, MC22.