Ashley Joens became Iowa State’s all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball with a free throw in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game with Texas.
Joens entered the game with 2,138 points and in third place all-time behind Bridget Carleton, who had 2,142 points, and Angie Welle, who had 2,149 points.
Joens drained a free throw with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter to reach 12 points and claim the record. With the free throw, she had 2,150 career points. She ended the game with 18 points and 2,156 career points. Iowa State lost the game, 73-48.
Joens scored the first points of the game on a turnaround layup early in the first quarter. Joens then hit a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to get to five points for the game.
In the second quarter, Joens drained a pair of free throws with 2:40 left to push her to seven points. This came shortly after she drew a charge from Texas guard Audrey Warren.
Joens scored on a layup with 7:37 left in the third quarter to reach nine points for the game.
Joens scored another layup with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter to get to 11 points.
Entering the game, Joens was already Iowa State’s career leader in scoring average at 18.6 points per game. She ranked fifth in ISU history in rebounding average with 8.5 rebounds per game. She was fourth in ISU history with 974 career rebounds, 89 away from Seanna Johnson for third. She was second in ISU history with 520 made free throws, 37 away from the school record of 557 belonging to Welle. She was ninth in ISU history with 226 3-point field goals.
Joens scored 408 points in her freshman season, followed by 594 points in her sophomore season and 678 points in her junior season. That season, 2020-21, saw her average 24.2 points per game and win the Cheryl Miller Award as women’s basketball’s best small forward. She is on that award’s Top 10 list and is on every national player of the year watch list.
The Cyclones entered Wednesday’s game in first place in the Big 12, one game ahead of Oklahoma and Baylor. The Cyclones were out to continue a five-game winning streak this season and end a four-game losing streak against the Longhorns. It is also Iowa State’s last game at the Erwin Center, as Texas prepares to move into a new arena next season.
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