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Iowa State vs. Texas Women’s Basketball: Preview and Prediction

Iowa State women's basketball player Ashley Joens

Here is everything you need to know about the Iowa State Cyclones and the Texas Longhorns in our Iowa State vs. Texas Big 12 women’s basketball preview.

Game Info

7 p.m. Central Time, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas.

TV: LHN

Records: Iowa State: 21-3 (10-2 in Big 12); Texas: 17-6 (7-5 in Big 12).

Ranking: Iowa State: No. 6 (Associated Press) Texas: No. 14 (Associated Press).

Last game: Iowa State: def. TCU, 93-70 (Feb. 12); Texas: def. Oklahoma, 78-63 (Feb. 12).

Previous meeting: Texas 66, Iowa State 48 (Jan. 19). 

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Key Players

Iowa State

G/F Ashley Joens: It looks like Joens will become Iowa State’s all-time leading scorer away from Hilton Coliseum. After her 32-point outing against TCU, she only needs 12 points to pass Angie Welle’s 2,149 career points. It’s unclear how much Texas will be able to slow Joens down because, well, Joens didn’t play in the first meeting. She had 45 career double-doubles. 

F Morgan Kane: If the Cyclones are going to get production in the paint, it’s likely going to come from Kane, a savvy redshirt junior who scored 13 points against TCU on Saturday. Her best rebounding game came against Oklahoma State, where she brought in 10. 

G Emily Ryan: She set a new Iowa State record with 17 assists against TCU on Saturday. No big deal, right? Well, Ryan broke her own record set earlier this season. Ryan also had four fourth career-double double, adding 14 points. She did what she could to carry Iowa State in the first loss to Texas, scoring 19 points.  

 

Texas

G Audrey Warren: It’s been two games since head coach Vic Schaefer tweaked the starting lineup and brought Warren off the bench full time, and it’s working. After scoring 12 points against Texas Tech last Wednesday, she led Texas with 21 points in the win over Oklahoma. The shooting volume for Warren is interesting. She’s taken more than 10 shots in each of the last two games, and she’s hadn’t done that since firing off 10 shots against Oklahoma State on Jan. 2. 

F Lauren Ebo: Her last two games have been valuable for Texas. In the victory over Texas Tech she scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds, and her two free throws down the stretch sealed the victory. Then, against Oklahoma, she had a double-double — 13 points and 14 rebounds, and that included a 7-for-10 game at the free-throw line.  

G Joanne Allen-Taylor: The senior keeps stringing together great games. Against the Sooners, she poured in 14 points, with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. She’s one of the few players that has been consistent on offense for Texas all season. 

 

Key Storylines

Iowa State

Thanks to Texas, Iowa State now has a one-game lead in the Big 12 standings with six games to play. The Cyclones haven’t won a Big 12 regular-season crown since 2000, and they’re in the best position to do it in a long time. It’s not all Ashley Joens, either. Along with Emily Ryan, the Cyclones have Lexi Donarski and Aubrey Joens to lean on offensively. If they can get games like Saturday’s win over TCU out of Morgan Kane, the Cyclones have enough firepower to make a deep run in March. 

Texas

More than a week ago, Texas head coach Vic Schaefer, in as polite a way as one can, called out his team, even his seniors. Since then, Texas has won two straight games. The win over Oklahoma was definitely an improvement in terms of offensive execution. The Longhorns hadn’t scored at least 70 points in a game in more than a month. They’re doing it without significant offensive contributions from guard Aliyah Matharu, who is Texas’ leading scorer. Schaefer also, interestingly, shortened his bench against OU, playing just eight players at least double-digit minutes. Perhaps he’s found his final rotation for the stretch drive. 

Fun fact

While the Cyclones haven’t won a Big 12 regular-season title since 2000, Texas hasn’t won one since 2004. 

Prediction

Iowa State 71, Texas 68. Their last meeting came without Ashley or Aubrey Joens. Something tells me the Cyclones will be highly motivated to even the score and stay ahead in the Big 12. 

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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