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Cyclone women defeat Sooners

AMES (AP) — Ashley Joens scored 28 points to help No. 6 Iowa State cruise to an 89-67 win over No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday night.

With the win, the Cyclones (22-4, 11-3 Big 12) remained tied atop the conference standings.

Joens hit 10 of 20 shots and also grabbed nine rebounds. Her performance came on a night she was honored with a pre-game video celebrating the fact she became Iowa State’s all-time leading scorer earlier in the week.

Her career point total now stands at 2,184.

“She doesn’t like that kind of stuff,” Cyclone coach Bill Fennelly said of the attention Joens received. “I told her, ‘This is a day you should be celebrating everyone in your life.’ This is the kind of day you dream of as a college basketball player.”

Emily Ryan added 15 points for Iowa State and Lexi Donarski scored 14.

Iowa State hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter and built a 28-16 lead when Ashley Joens hit a jumper with 2 seconds remaining.

A 3-pointer from Aubrey Joens extended the margin to 31-16 early in the second period. Skylar Vann and Madi Williams each had 10 points in the first half, helping the Sooners pull within 43-33 at the break.

The Cyclone lead eventually grew to 62-41 as Oklahoma continued to struggle offensively. The Sooners committed 18 turnovers and made just four of their first 21 shots from behind the 3-point arc.

Oklahoma (20-6, 9-5) entered Saturday averaging 85.3 points per game, which ranked second nationally.

“(Iowa State) made a lot of shots,” Oklahoma coach Jenny Baranczyk said. “We didn’t get clean rebounds enough to really be able to go. Our spacing wasn’t there as much.”

A layup from Nyamer Diew gave Iowa State a 71-45 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

“We beat a very, very good team,” Fennelly said. “Great win for our team.”