AMES – Iowa State’s Ashley Joens was deservingly rewarded for her outstanding performances with her first Big 12 Player of the Week of the season, the conference announced on Monday.
Joens picked up her 11th career Big 12 Player of the Week nod, tying her with Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris for the third-most in league history.
Joens led the Big 12 with 29.5 points per game across the Cyclones’ two contests last week. At UNI on Wednesday night, Joens put in 26 points, including a then-career-high-matching six 3-pointers) and grabbed nine rebounds as the Cyclones battled their way to an 88-85 win over the Panthers.
She followed that up on Sunday against Columbia at Hilton with a season-best 33 points, which included a career-high seven 3-pointers, for her 16th career 30-point outing. She also grabbed 10 rebounds to record her 52nd career double-double.
In addition to leading the conference in scoring last week, Joens was the Big 12 leader in 3-pointers (13) and free throw percentage (100 percent, 10-for-10) in addition to being second in 3-point percentage (56.5) and rebounds (9.5 per game) and seventh in field goal percentage (56.3).
Joens and the No. 5 Cyclones return to action on Thanksgiving Day at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon against Michigan State. Tip between the Cyclones and Spartans will be at 6:30 p.m. Central on ESPNU.