Big 12 Basketball

Ashley Joens Selected by Dallas in WNBA Draft Second Round

Iowa State's Ashley Joens.

Iowa State star Ashley Joens was taken by the Dallas Wings in the second round of the 2023 WNBA Draft on Monday night, giving her a shot at chasing a career in pro basketball.

Joens was one of two Cyclones invited to attend the WNBA Draft. The other was center Stephanie Soares, whose one season with Iowa State was cut short due to injuries. Soares was taken No. 4 overall by Washington. She was later traded to Dallas.


Joens and the Cyclones are coming off a season in which they won the Big 12 Tournament title for the first time in more than 20 seasons but lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Toledo.

Joens, a two-time All-American and three-time recipient of the Cheryl Miller Award, recently wrapped up one of the greatest college careers in Division I women’s basketball. The Iowa City, Iowa, native, finished her career ninth all-time in Division I history with 3,060 points. Joens averaged 21.6 points and 9.7 rebounds as a senior.

Joens joins a group of more than a dozen Cyclones taken in the WNBA Draft, dating back to 2000.

Other Cyclones drafted include Desirée Francis (2000, 2nd Round, 29th Overall, New York Liberty), Stacy Frese (2000, 3rd Round, 35th Overall, Utah Starzz), Megan Taylor (2001, 4th Round, 55th Overall, Minnesota Lynx), Angie Welle, (2002, 2nd Round, 31st Overall, Cleveland Rockers), Tracy Gahan (2002, 3rd Round, 46th Overall, Cleveland Rockers), Lindsey Wilson (2003, 3rd Round, 34th Overall, Connecticut Sun), Anne O’Neil (2005, 3rd Round, 30th Overall, Sacramento Monarchs), Lyndsey Medders (2007, 2nd Round, 22nd Overall, Indiana Fever), Kelsey Bolte (2011, 3rd Round, 32nd Overall – Atlanta Dream), Chelsea Poppens (2013, 2nd Round, 18th Overall, Seattle Storm), Anne Prins (2013, 2nd Round, 23rd Overall, Connecticut Sun), Nikki Moody (2015, 3rd Round, 33rd Overall, San Antonio Stars) and Bridget Carleton (2019, 2nd Round, 21st Overall, Connecticut Sun).

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