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Joens helps ISU breeze past No. 18 West Virginia

AMES — Ashley Joens scored 20 points, Lexi Donarski and Kristin Scott added 18 each, and the Iowa State women’s basketball team pulled away from No. 18 West Virginia for a 85-68 victory Wednesday inside Hilton Coliseum.

Emily Ryan added 13 points and Kylie Feuerbach 10 for the Cyclones (15-9, 11-6 Big 12 Conference), who went 13 of 27 from 3-point range and 14-of-14 from the foul line for the highest point total allowed by the Mountaineers this season. Ryan added nine assists, giving her an ISU freshman record of 137 so far this year.

Kysre Gondrezick scored 19 points for West Virginia (17-4, 11-4), which was without starting point guard Madison Smith because of a hamstring injury that will keep her out at least until the postseason. Kirsten Deans added 14 points and Jayla Hemingway 12.

The teams combined to go 13 of 25 from 3-point range in the first half when the Cyclones jumped out to a 46-38 lead. West Virginia shot 56 percent, making 6 of 10 from 3-point range, but had 10 turnovers.

The Mountaineers ran out of gas midway through the third quarter when Iowa State broke the game open with a 15-2 run.

West Virginia never got closer than 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Iowa St. 85, No. 18 West Virginia 68

WEST VIRGINIA (17-4) — Martinez 3-8 2-2 8, Niblack 3-5 2-3 8, Carson 2-6 0-0 5, Deans 5-13 1-2 14, Gondrezick 6-10 6-6 19, Ejiofor 1-1 0-0 2, Hemingway 4-11 1-2 12, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 24-54 12-15 68.

IOWA ST. (15-9) — Scott 7-11 1-1 18, Donarski 6-14 2-2 18, Ashley Joens 5-13 9-9 20, Johnson 1-3 0-0 3, Wise 1-5 0-0 3, Kane 0-0 0-0 0, Zingaro 0-0 0-0 0, Feuerbach 4-7 0-0 10, Frederick 0-0 0-0 0, Aubrey Joens 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan 5-12 2-2 13. TOTALS 29-65 14-14 85.

W. Virginia 24 14 12 18 — 68

Iowa St. 26 20 20 19 — 85

3-Point Goals–West Virginia 8-23 (Martinez 0-2, Carson 1-3, Deans 3-6, Gondrezick 1-5, Hemingway 3-7), Iowa St. 13-27 (Scott 3-5, Donarski 4-8, Joens 1-4, Johnson 1-1, Wise 1-3, Feuerbach 2-3, Ryan 1-3). Assists–West Virginia 13 (Deans 4), Iowa St. 19 (Ryan 9). Fouled Out–West Virginia Niblack, Iowa St. Scott. Rebounds–West Virginia 33 (Martinez 10), Iowa St. 36 (As.Joens 6). Total Fouls–West Virginia 19, Iowa St. 14. Technical Fouls–West Virginia Team. A–822.

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