NCAAW: Ashley Joens leads Iowa State to Big 12 Tournament title

If we see the Ashley Joens we saw on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, look out for the Iowa State Cyclones.

Joens went off for 28 points, 10 rebounds, 3 helps and 2 takes to lead the Cyclones past the No. 1 seed Texas Longhorns 61-51 in the Big 12 Tournament national championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. She made it to 3,000 profession points in the competition’s semifinals.

ESPN’s Charlie Creme doesn’t believe Iowa State will move into host area with the win (he has the group as a No. 5 seed), however it was still substantial for the program as it brings the very first Big 12 Tournament title considering that 2001 and offers momentum heading into the Big Dance.

Joens pulled back on a double group and at 6:53 staying made a scoop shot high off backboard that held on front rim prior to entering and making it 51-41 Cyclones. That occurred in the middle of a 9-0 run that brought ball game to 56-41 with 5:10 staying. Emily Ryan offered the exclamation mark of the stretch with a triple to close it out. Iowa State led by double digits the remainder of the method.

Joens had the ball in her hands with the shot clock off at the end of the 3rd quarter and with time unwinding dished it to Nyamer Diew on the extreme right for a 3 that made it 47-39 getting in the 4th. That Iowa State ownership came right away after Texas tossed it out of bounds, and on the ownership prior to that Denae Fritz got her own miss out on prior to putting in a layup at 48 ticks staying. So it was an eventful and essential last minute of the 3rd for the Cyclones.

After tracking the majority of the 2nd quarter, Iowa State went on a 9-2 run from 8:34 in the 3rd to 5:14 in the 3rd that brought ball game to 37-33 Cyclones. The run started with a Joens 3 that connected the video game at 31; the Big 12 Player of the Year scored the last 4 points of the stretch too.

Shaylee Gonzales struck a 3 simply 19 seconds into the 2nd to connect the video game and set the tone of the frame in Texas’ favor. A Taylor Jones block on Morgan Kane on the other end kept the momentum opting for the Longhorns, who took the lead at 16-14 on a Gonzales layup in shift at the 8:23 mark of the 2nd.

It was back-and-forth for a bit after that prior to Texas went on a 5-0 go to construct a comfy (compared to the remainder of the frame) four-point lead. Rori Harmon addressed a Fritz 3 with a driving lay-in to start the run and after that Amina Muhammad transformed on a 3-point play that made it 23-19. The Longhorns would go on to lead 27-26 at the break.

Texas came out having a hard time to score as it had in its very first 2 Big 12 Tournament video games. Meanwhile, Joens came out and scored 5 of the Cyclones’ very first 7 points and 8 of their 14 in the very first quarter.

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