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Women’s College Basketball: No. 22 Iowa State heads to Baylor for Saturday showdown

AMES - Back in the win column, #22 Iowa State will look to keep its winning roll going at Baylor on Saturday at 5 p.m.

AMES – Back in the win column, #22 Iowa State will look to keep its winning roll going at Baylor on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Cyclones are coming off one of their best wins of the season, taking down No. 17 Texas 66-61 on Monday at Hilton Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak and a seven-game skid against the Longhorns.

Key Storylines

  • The Cyclones led the whole way, with Denae Fritz opening the scoring 53 seconds in and the Longhorns never getting back within three after ISU ripped off the first eight of the contest.
  • The Cyclones had four in double figures, led by Ashley Joens, who finished with 24 points and eight rebounds. She also drew 12 fouls in the contest, taking 11 free throws.
  • Joens leads the Big 12 and ranks 19th nationally at 20.2 points per game. She is also the squad’s leader from 3-point range, hitting 62 3-pointers on the season.
  • Joens enters Saturday’s contest with 2,833 career points, only three away from passing Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley (2007-10) for second in Big 12 history. Joens is also up to 25th in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball history for career scoring, needing 11 points to move past Ohio’s Cierra Hooks for 23rd.
  • Emily Ryan guided the Cyclone offense against the Longhorns with 12 points and eight assists.
  • Ryan is one of the top free throw shooters in the country, ranking third nationally with her 92.8 percent accuracy from the stripe. Ryan leads a Cyclone squad that shoots 79.0 percent from the line, ninth in the country.
  • Lexi Donarski finished with 11 points, re-entering the Texas contest after missing seven minutes of game action after splitting her lip and requiring stitches.
  • Denae Fritz rounded out the double figure scorers with 10, including a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to put the result to rest.
  • The win gave head coach Bill Fennelly his 750th of his career, becoming the 27th coach in NCAA Women’s Basketball History to hit the plateau, including the 13th to get all 750 victories at Division I programs.

Who: No. 22 Iowa State (16-7, 8-5 Big 12) at Baylor (16-9, 7-6 Big 12)

Where: Ferrell Center – Waco, Texas

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 – 5 p.m.

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