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Women’s College Basketball: #20 Iowa State sweeps TCU, 84-56

AMES – No. 20 Iowa State (18-8, 10-6 Big 12) wrapped up the season sweep over TCU (7-20, 1-15) Saturday evening in Hilton Coliseum with an 84-56 victory.

AMES – No. 20 Iowa State (18-8, 10-6 Big 12) wrapped up the season sweep over TCU (7-20, 1-15) Saturday evening in Hilton Coliseum with an 84-56 victory. The Cyclones claimed their sixth-straight win in the all-time series against the Horned Frogs.

The defense stood out, forcing 17 turnovers and holding TCU to 35 percent from the floor. On offense, the Cyclones shot over 50 percent (32-of-63) and knocked in nine 3-pointers.

Morgan Kane and Ashley Joens led the Cyclones in scoring with 39 combined points. Kane’s 17 points tied her career-high that she set last season at home against TCU. Joens recorded her 14th 20-point game and 11th double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

How it Happened
TCU was able to open up the game with a quick layup before Ashley Joens scored the team’s first bucket. The Horned Frogs and Cyclones continued to trade baskets, but a Deane Fritz 3-pointer at the three-minute mark started a scoring run that didn’t seem to have an end. Lexi Donarski capped off the first quarter 13-3 run with a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to lead, 25-18.

Iowa State continued to light it up in the second quarter, shooting 60 percent from the field and outscoring the Horned Frogs 22-6. Emily Ryan and Joens were able to extend the lead to 15 with back-to-back threes from Joens and a jumper by Ryan before the five-minute mark. Ryan and Joens combined for 18 second quarter points and the Cyclones led the Frogs, 47-24.

The Cyclones began the second half with a couple Joens free-throws and a Fritz lay-in. TCU tried to cut into the lead, but two Morgan Kane baskets halted the attempt. Donarski and Ryan combined for a quick five points to increase the lead to 29 at the three-minute mark. Threes from Nyamer Diew and Donarski, and a lay-in from Kane, gave the Cyclones a 70-34 lead going into the final period.

Izzi Zingaro scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter to add to the lead. Morgan Kane dropped in her seventh career three-pointer after the final media timeout to seal the deal for the Cyclones. Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw tacked on the final two points for the Cyclones to wrap up the game, 84-56.

Player of the Game
Ashley Joens recorded her 14th 20-point game of the season. The senior forward concluded the game with 22 points (7-of-12 shooting), 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Up Next
No. 20 Iowa State travels to Lawrence, Kan. Wednesday, Mar. 1 to meet the Jayhawks for the second time this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.


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