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Emily Ryan Sets Iowa State’ Single-Season Assists Record

Iowa State women's basketball player Emily Ryan

Iowa State guard Emily Ryan set the program’s single-season assists record during the Cyclones’ second-round NCAA Tournament victory at Hilton Coliseum.

Ryan — who has already tied or set several other Iowa State records this season — had nine assists in the 67-44 victory over Georgia.

The No. 3-seeded Cyclones are preparing to face No. 10 seed Creighton on Friday in Greensboro, N.C.


Ryan set up her record-breaking evening with another fine performance in the first round against UT-Arlington on Friday. Ryan has six assists in that game, as her teammate, Ashley Joens, scored 36 points to help the Cyclones overcome the upset-minded Mavericks.

Ryan now has 243 assists this season.

The All-Big 12 First-Team selection is one of the top point guards in the country, averaging more than seven assists per game. Earlier this season, in separate games, Ryan set the ISU record for most assists in a game and tied the ISU record for most steals in a game. She had 17 assists against TCU on Feb. 22 and had nine steals against Omaha on Nov. 9, 2021.

Ryan also had three games of at least 15 assists this season and became just the 10th player since the 1999-2000 season to have a 15-assist, no-turnover game when she did it against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 19, 2021.

Ryan is averaging 12.7 points and 7.1 assists this season. She emerged as one of Iowa State’s legitimate scoring threats during Big 12 play, as her scoring average rose to more than 14 points per game.

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