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Three Big 12 Players on Naismith Midseason Women’s Watch List

Ashley Joens, Ayoka Lee and NaLyssa Smith are the three Big 12 players on the 2022 Naismith Women’s Player of the Year Midseason Watch List released on Tuesday.

Joens and the No. 9 Cyclones are off until Saturday, but she is third in the Big 12 in points per game at 19.4 and has scored 20 or more points in nine games this season. She is 44 away from becoming ISU’s all-time leading scorer. She also averages 9.1 rebounds per game and is 40 rebounds away from becoming the fourth player in Iowa State history to reach 1,000 career rebounds.

Lee leads the Big 12 and ranks third in the nation in scoring average with 24.7 points and is second in the nation in total points with 569. She also leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.582), blocks (3.2), 30-point games (8) and 20-point games (13). Lee scored a NCAA Division I record 61 points in a win over Oklahoma earlier this season.


Smith leads the Big 12 and is fifth in the country with 15 double-doubles. She averages a double-double — 20.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. She’s just one of three players nationally to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and one assist per game. Smith is 10th all-time at Baylor with 1,734 career points and needs 55 rebounds to reach 1,000 for her career.

The winner of the award will be announced on April 2.

2022 Naismith Women’s Player of the Year Midseason Watch List

(Big 12 Players in Bold)

Aliyah Boston, South Carolina           

Aneesah Morrow, DePaul     

Angel Reese, Maryland

Ashley Joens, Iowa State

Ashley Owusu, Maryland

Ayoka Lee, Kansas State

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

Cameron Brink, Stanford

Cate Reese, Arizona

Charisma Osborne, UCLA

Christyn Williams, UConn

Destanni Henderson, South Carolina

Elissa Cunane, NC State

Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech

Emily Engstler, Louisville

Haley Jones, Stanford

Jenna Staiti, Georgia

Jordan Horston, Tennessee

Khayla Pointer, LSU

Kierstan Bell, Florida Gulf Coast

Lorela Cubaj,  Georgia Tech

Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana

NaLyssa Smith,  Baylor

Naz Hillmon, Michigan

Nia Clouden, Michigan State

Olivia Miles, Notre Dame

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky

Shakira Austin, Ole Miss

Shaylee Gonzales, BYU

Veronica Burton, Northwestern

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.


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