latest news- 48 hours after first loss, Iowa State women's basketball team rebounds with dominating win over SIUE breaking news

Tommy Birch Des Moines Register AMES – Just 48 hours after suffering their first loss of the season the Iowa State women’s basketball team got a quick opportunity to get back on track. The eighth-ranked Cyclones showed no lingering effects from their fir...

latest news- 48 hours after first loss, Iowa State women's basketball team rebounds with dominating win over SIUE breaking news

Tommy Birch Des Moines Register AMES – Just 48 hours after suffering their first loss of the season the Iowa State women’s basketball team got a quick opportunity to get back on track. The eighth-ranked Cyclones showed no lingering effects from their fir...

latest news- 48 hours after first loss, Iowa State women's basketball team rebounds with dominating win over SIUE breaking news
30 Kasım 2022 - 05:25

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Tommy Birch   Des Moines Register

AMES – Just 48 hours after suffering their first loss of the season the Iowa State women’s basketball team got a quick opportunity to get back on track.

The eighth-ranked Cyclones showed no lingering effects from their first setback of the season during a dominating 93-43 win over SIUE at Hilton Coliseum Tuesday night.

Iowa State improved to 6-1 on the season. More importantly, the Cyclones were able to successfully rebound from their first defeat of what is expected to be a huge campaign.

It came Sunday night when Iowa State fell to No. 10 North Carolina in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore. The loss was a crushing one for the Cyclones who blew a 17-point lead disappear.

More:Iowa State women's basketball falls to No. 10 North Carolina in Phil Knight Invitational championship game

Iowa State players didn’t have much time to sulk or dwell on the loss with the quick turnaround. The Cyclones didn’t even return to the team’s practice facility in Ames until 5:45 a.m., Monday.

By then, their attention was on an SIUE team that was winless in its first five games. Iowa State had no problem handling their next opponent. Lexi Donarski finished with a game-high 22 points, six assists and three rebounds. Emily Ryan added 13 points and seven assists.

Iowa State, which rolled through the first half of the North Carolina game before faltering in the second half, controlled all of Tuesday’s game. They went on 16-2 run in the quarter and outscored SIUE 29-8 in the frame. It helped the Cyclones build up a 55-22 lead at halftime.

Ashley Joens finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Cyclones.

Ashley Joens added to her legacy

There really wasn’t much left for Joens to accomplish when she decided to take advantage of the extra season of eligibility awarded by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But there were opportunities for Joens to add to her historic numbers. Joens, who already became Iowa State’s all-time scoring leader last season, became the fifth player in Big 12 history to reach 2,500 points in her career Tuesday. The needed just three points to reach the mark and did it with a putback on a miss in the first quarter.

Iowa State now has a long wait

The Cyclones will get some much-needed time off following the quick turnaround. Iowa State’s next game will be among its biggest this season. It’s a Dec. 8 showdown with No. 10 Iowa. The in-state rivalry has produced some epic matchups the last few seasons. While the rankings could change by the time of the game, it could be a top 10 showdown, adding to the intrigue.

Tommy Birch, the Register's sports enterprise and features reporter, has been working at the newspaper since 2008. He's the 2018 and 2020 Iowa Sportswriter of the Year. Reach him at tbirch@dmreg.com or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter @TommyBirch.



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