Efficient Joens paces up and down the state of Iowa #7

Cyclones defeated Columbia 99-76 at the Hilton Coliseum on Sunday and Joens scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds

Efficient Joens paces up and down the state of Iowa #7

Iowa State Guard Ashley Joens. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

AMES – The most understated aspect of Iowa State’s all-time leading scorer Ashley Joens’ game is also the most important.

efficiency. And an uncanny and unusual ability to stay out of burglaries.

“You know I’m a big baseball guy,” Cyclones head coach Bill Fennelly said after Joens’ 33-point performance in Sunday’s 99-76 win over Columbia. “If (St. Louis Cardinals star) Paul Goldschmidt goes 0-3, I’d bet he’ll score in the next game. This is Ash.”

Joens scored her 16th career 30-point game with just 14 field goal attempts. She drilled seven of her 10 3-point attempts and added 10 rebounds to record her 52nd double-double of her career.

The seventh ISU (4-0) led by as many as 34 points, outclassing the hot-shooting Lions (3-2) by 42-13 in the paint.

“We feel pretty good where we are,” said Joens, who has been 13-of-23 from distance in the last two games after starting 2-of-14 in the previous two games. “After our last game (an 88-85 win in Northern Iowa) we knew we had to clean up some things and get a little bit better to keep it kind of close.”

Six-foot-tall transfer forward Stephanie Soares added 15 points for the Cyclones, who shot 50 percent or more in their second straight game after struggling at times to find shots in their first two games. ISU point guard Emily Ryan flirted with a triple-double before finishing with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. She — along with most of the Cyclones starters — sat out the final five-plus minutes of the game.

“I joke about how (how) you guys are going to have trouble figuring out what to write about Ash,” Fennelly said. “Emily Ryan will be next. (Assistant Coach) Billy (Fennelly) was really mad at me. He says, ‘Leave her in, she’ll get a triple-double.’ If she gets it, she gets it. She doesn’t get it in a game where we’re 30 points ahead.

Columbia hit 18 3-pointers Sunday — the most ever given up by an ISU women’s basketball team. But they also shot more attempts from long range than any previous opponent (42), shooting 36.8 percent overall.

“This is a really good team,” Fennelly said of the Lions. “It will win a lot of games and it was a great test for us.”

But no match for Joens’ efficiency from any point on the floor.

“[I]went to the gym a little bit more before training,” Joens said. “Without classes it’s easier to get in there and get some shots, so obviously pretty confident. Once you see one walk in, build your confidence from there.

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