Iowa State Women’s Basketball is the women’s basketball program representing Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The team plays in the Big 12 Conference and has been coached by Bill Fennelly since 1995.
With the Iowa State Cyclones’ season winding down to the final few games, Coach Bill Fennelly has been adamant that there’s still time for his team to build up some speed and Saturday’s performance proved this.
The 19th-ranked Cyclones cruised past last-place Texas Christian University in a 84-56 victory at Hilton Coliseum, putting them at 18-8 on the season and 10-6 in Big 12 Conference play with only two games left in regular season.
Star player Ashley Joens commented on their impressive display, “We were unshakable, nailing shots and snatching rebounds like it was nothing. This kind of chemistry will take us places as we look towards the future.”
In their recent game, Iowa State women’s basketball team had a great performance with four players scoring in double figures. Joens was the top scorer with 22 points, followed by Morgan Kane with 17 points. Although they had a slow start, the team quickly regained momentum and took a 25-18 lead with a late 3-pointer by Lexi Donarski, which boosted their confidence.
Iowa State women’s basketball team dominated the second quarter, outscoring TCU 22-6 and finishing the half with a 10-0 run to take a commanding 47-24 lead. Emily Ryan, the point guard for Iowa State, said that Lexi’s 3-pointer was a huge momentum for the team. After a tough loss in their previous game, the Cyclones needed this victory, and they bounced back with an impressive win. Ryan and Donarski both contributed 12 points to seal the lopsided victory.
What does the Future Hold for Lowa State?
Saturday’s game was a pivotal moment – the Cyclones had been marked as favorites to beat out a struggling TCU squad, and their victory could be the difference between them earning one of the top four seeds in the Big 12 Tournament, and claiming home court advantage during March Madness.
Iowa State is almost certain to land a 3-seed in the Big 12 Tournament – but if they want to make sure that their NCAA tournament dreams come true on their own turf, they’ll need to finish out the regular season with flying colors, and bring their A-game to the conference tournament.
What Does this Mean for Ashley Joens?
Ashley Joens is approaching the end of her college basketball career, and she only has a few more games left to play at Hilton Coliseum. During Saturday’s game on 25th Feb, Joens had a fantastic performance, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first half alone. She finished the game with 11 rebounds in total.
Joens is Iowa State’s all-time leading scorer and has been a key player for the team. Fans will have the chance to see her play at Hilton Coliseum for a few more times before she graduates. Her final regular season home game will be on March 4 against Texas Tech. Her coach, Fennelly, is hopeful that she will continue to perform well and give the fans one more good game.
Bill Fennelly, the Coach of Lowa State Women’s State Basketball Team
As the 27th NCAA women’s basketball head coach to reach the impressive milestone of 750 wins, Fennelly has achieved a level of success that puts him in elite company. Not only is he one of nine active coaches to have reached this milestone, but he is also the 13th to do so at the Division I level. His first 166 career wins were earned at Toledo, and after joining the Iowa State Cyclones, Fennelly quickly established himself as the longest-tenured coach in Big 12 Conference women’s or men’s basketball. During his tenure in Ames, Iowa, Fennelly has led the Cyclones to a remarkable 20 NCAA tournament appearances.
History of Iowa State women’s Basketball
Iowa State Women’s Basketball has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s. The program was one of the first women’s basketball teams in the country and has been a consistent presence in college basketball ever since.
The team has made 19 appearances in the NCAA tournament, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 1999. They have also won 9 conference championships, with the most recent coming in 2019.
Why is the Iowa State women’s Basketball team called Cyclones’?
The team is known as the Cyclones, which is a nod to the school’s agricultural roots. In the late 1800s, the school’s football team was nicknamed the “Cardinals” due to the color of their uniforms. However, in 1895, a football game against Northwestern University took place during a cyclone (tornado), which caused significant damage to the surrounding area. The Iowa State football team managed to win the game, and the media referred to them as “cyclones” due to the weather event. The name stuck, and the Iowa State athletic teams have been known as the Cyclones ever since.
The Iowa state women’s basketball team has been a prominent part of the Iowa State Cyclones athletic program, and they continue to represent the school with pride and excellence on the court.
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