AMES, Iowa – Iowa State put on a dominant display in its 2018-19 season-opener, taking down Niagara 95-35 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Freshman Ashley Joens led the Cyclones with a team-high 16 points in her collegiate debut, while Bridget Carleton stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes of action.
Iowa State’s 60-point margin of victory was the sixth-largest in program history.
How It Happened
The Cyclones took control of Friday afternoon’s contest from the first tip. A 10-0 run to open the game, sparked by six early points from Joens, was a sign of things to come as Iowa State raced out to a 27-4 advantage after one quarter of play. ISU made four of its first seven attempts from beyond the arc, while locking down on defense to hold the Eagles to just 2-of-15 shooting from the field in the opening stanza.
Iowa State continued to pour it on in the second quarter, spearheaded by Joens, who splashed home four triples in her first half of action at Hilton Coliseum. Defensively, the Cyclones swarmed Niagara’s guards, forcing 11 turnovers in the opening half, led by three steals from Madison Wise. Joens barreled through the Niagara defense for a layup at the buzzer to cap a 9-0 run, as Iowa State went into the locker room with a 49-12 advantage.
Senior Bridget Carleton got going offensively in the third quarter, scoring 10 of ISU’s 21 points in the period. She closed the quarter and ended her day with 14 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, and remained on the bench during the fourth quarter as Bill Fennelly utilized his bench.
Ines Nezerwa took the lead on offense, scoring 11 points over the final 10 minutes of the game, as Iowa State closed out its first win of the 2018-19 season, 95-35.
Players of Note
Ashley Jones led the Cyclones with 16 points, all in the first half, also grabbing three rebounds in 22 minutes.
Bridget Carleton played a tremendous all-around game, facilitating the offense with team-highs of 15 rebounds and seven assists. She scored 14 points, knocking down 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Ines Nezerwa was the third Cyclone in double figures, putting up 14 points and five rebounds, including 11 fourth-quarter points.
Iowa State will take on Northern Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in the second round of the Preseason WNIT.