Ashley Joens became the third player in Iowa State women’s basketball history to score at least 2,000 career points as she led the No. 9 Cyclones to a 73-70 victory over No. 25 Kansas State on Tuesday.
Joens scored 27 points, finishing the contest with 2,013 career points. The only Cyclones ahead of Joens are Bridget Carleton (2,142) and Angie Welle (2,148).
But Joens wasn’t the only story in this game. Her scoring helped the Cyclones (15-1, 4-0 in Big 12) claw back into a game in which they fell behind by as many as 11 points with 6:03 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cyclones also had to find a way to overcome Kansas State’s 6-foot-6 center Ayoka Lee.
Lee dominated the game at times, finishing with 38 points and 11 rebounds. At halftime, Kansas State was up 35-24 and Lee had as many points (24) as Iowa State (24).
After falling behind 11 points in the fourth quarter, the Cyclones went on a 21-9 run to end the game. But Joens only had five points in the run.
Lexi Donarski, Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw and Morgan Kane, along with Joens, each had a key 3-pointer during that stretch. It was Espenmiller-McGraw’s 3-pointer with five seconds left that gave the Cyclones the lead for good.
Donarski had 13 points while Espenmiller-McGraw had 12 points.
Lee was the only Wildcat in double figures. But reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Week Serena Sundell had a game-high 11 assists.
Iowa State is now the Big 12’s only remaining undefeated team in conference play. The Cyclones are at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Kansas State is at Texas Tech on Saturday.
You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.
**Want to win a $20 gift card? Go sign up here and join our conversation! The best poster each week wins a gift card to your favorite establishment!**