Big 12 Basketball

Ashley Joens Is Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Iowa State's Ashley Joens.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Iowa State’s Ashley Joens was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday by the media covering the event.

Joens had an incredible tournament, becoming just the second player in Big 12 women’s history to score at least 3,000 career points. The other is Baylor’s Brittney Griner.

In the championship game, a 61-51 Iowa State victory, Joens had 28 points and 10 rebounds.


Joens had 30 points and 15 rebounds in the 74-63 quarterfinal win over Baylor, and then 22 points and eight rebounds in the 82-72 semifinal win over Oklahoma.

The rest of the team included Texas guard Rori Harmon, Oklahoma guard Skylar Vann, Texas guard Shaylee Gonzalez, Texas forward DeYona Gaston and Iowa State guard Lexi Donarski.

Harmon was the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament last March. She had five points, four rebounds and seven assists in the 60-42 quarterfinal win over Kansas State. She then 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in a 64-57 semifinal win over Oklahoma State. It was the first time in Big 12 Tournament history that a player had at least 10 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in a game.

Harmon had six points, nine rebounds and seven assists on Sunday.

Vann was the only player that didn’t play for a team in Sunday’s final. But Vann had 21 points and a game-winning basket against TCU and 13 more points against Iowa State in the semifinals.


Gonzales had 12 points for Texas on Sunday, while she scored 17 points against Oklahoma State and six points against Kansas State.

Gaston had 13 points against Kansas State and 14 points against Oklahoma State. In the title game, she had nine points and six rebounds.

Donarski had six points and five rebounds against Baylor and followed that with 20 points against Oklahoma State. In the title game, she had nine points.

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