AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ashley Joens had 33 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 7 Iowa State rolled past Columbia 99-76 on Sunday to improve to 4-0.
Joens made 9 of 14 shots, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range, while recording the 52nd double-double of her college career.
“She’s showing she’s comfortable on the perimeter a little bit more, which when she becomes a pro, that’s where she’ll play,” Cyclones coach Bill Fennelly said. “I think she’s been very efficient. Her shot attempts are going down and her makes are going up.”
Stephanie Soares added 15 points for Iowa State on 7-of-10 shooting. Emily Ryan finished with 13 points.
“This was our first top-ten matchup that we’ve ever been against,” Columbia guard Sienna Durr said. “So we knew it was going to be really tough competition. We’re training for March right now. We’re just training to play against the best of the best.”
Iowa State will likely move up in the AP poll after reaching 4-0 for the second straight season. Joens continues to validate her status as a national player of the year candidate, having scored more than 20 points in three of four games while averaging double figures in rebounds.
Iowa State travels to Portland, Oregon, where it will face Michigan State in a holiday tournament Thursday night. Columbia will play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday in Miami.
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