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Iowa State advances in Big 12 tournament with 30 points from Ashley Joens in win over Baylor

Iowa State advances in Big 12 tournament with 30 points from Ashley Joens in win over Baylor

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Ashley Joens hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 30 points to spark Iowa State to a 74-63 win over Baylor in a Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal game on Friday night.

Iowa State, seeded No. 3, will face second-seeded Oklahoma in the second of two semifinal games Saturday (2:30 p.m., ESPN+). That game will feature a family reunion between Iowa City High grads Ashley Joens, the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, and her younger sister, Aubrey, a sophomore who came off the bench to score 15 points in the Sooners' 77-76 win over TCU.

The sixth-seeded Bears tied the game on Darianna Littlepage-Buggs layup with a second left in the second quarter and went into intermission tied 37-37, and she put Baylor in front twice in the third quarter with a layup with 1:55 left for a 49-48 lead, but Iowa State closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 54-49 advantage. Joens hit three 3-pointers in the final quarter, the final two 25 seconds apart to make it 71-63 with 2:30 left to play. Lexi Donarski drilled a 3 to give the Cyclones an 11-point lead with 1:25 left to set the final score.

Joens finished 11-of-23 from the field, hitting 7 of 15 shots from behind the arc, and grabbed 15 rebounds. Her 30 points leaves her 13 shy of 3,000 career points and moves her into 14th all-time on the list of NCAA Division I all-time leading scorers. She now has 1,360 career rebounds.

Emily Ryan finished with 15 points for Iowa State (20-9). Morgan Kane had 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Denae Fritz had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Littlepage-Buggs scored 16 points and made three steals to lead Baylor (19-12). Caitlin Bickle and Jaden Owens each scored 15 points and Sarah Andrews had 12 points, six boards, nine assists and two blocked shots, including a spectacular block on an Iowa State fast break.

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Iowa State guard Ashley Joens drives up court during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)