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Watch: Emily Ryan Has Nine Steals for Cyclones In Opening Win

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Emily Ryan tied an Iowa State women’s record with nine steals in the Cyclones’ season-opening 65-38 win over Omaha on Tuesday afternoon.

Ryan tied the ISU set by Tracy Horvath against Marquette on Jan. 7, 1989. In addition, Ryan became just the sixth player in Big 12 history to have nine steals in a single game. Ryan, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, also tied a career-high with three blocked shots and scored nine points.

Iowa State posted a montage of Ryan’s record-tying game to social media.


Iowa State entered the game No. 12 in the AP Top 25 and saw Lexi Donarski lead the Cyclones with 18 points. Forward Ashley Joens added 15 points and eight rebounds. Later in the day, Joens was named to both the Naismith Trophy watch list and the Wooden Award watch list, prizes given to the best women’s college basketball player.

The Cyclones are coming off a 2020-21 season in which they went 17-11 overall and 12-6 in Big 12 action. The Cyclones fell to Texas in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, then defeated Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 79-75. The Cyclones lost to Texas A&M in the second round, 84-82, in overtime.

Iowa State has the rest of the week off before it hosts South Dakota State on Nov. 15. After that, ISU makes the short trip to Des Moines to face Drake on Nov. 18.

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