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Joens Unanimous All-Big 12; Three Cyclones Honored

Joens Unanimous All-Big 12; Three Cyclones Honored

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State women’s basketball sophomore Ashley Joens was one of three unanimous selections to the All-Big 12 First-Team, while Kristin Scott earned honorable mention honors and Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw garnered a spot on the All-Freshman Team.

Joens had a banner season for the Cyclones, scoring 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds on the season. She is the only play in the country averaging over 20.0 points and over 10.0 rebounds. The Iowa City, Iowa native s also won six Big 12 Player of the Week honors, while no other league player won more than two. Joens is soaring currently ranks fifth in scoring with 594 points on the year and her 317 rebounds rank third. Joens also holds the school record with 187 makes at the charity stripe.

“Ash has had a fantastic season,” said head coach Bill Fennelly. “She certainly played like a A First-Team All-Big 12 member all year. I am so proud of the step she has made from her freshman year to now. I know she will continue to work hard to get even better moving forward.”

Scott earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after averaging 14.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and connecting on 40 triples. The Kasson, Minn., native, averaged 15.3 points, 6.9 rebounds during Big 12 action. She scored in double figures in 13 of her 15 Big 12 games.

“Kristin was never completely healthy all season but she impacted our team in a big way,” Fennelly said. “She put up great numbers when she could play and showed how talented she is. I am happy that the coaches in the Big 12 recognized that ability. We all look forward to a big senior year from Kristin.”

Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw was named to the All-Freshman Team. The Indianola, Iowa native started 21 games for Iowa State this season and averaged 30 minutes per game. Espenmiller-McGraw averaged 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in Big 12 play.

“Maggie was a big part of our team this season as a freshman,” Fennelly said.  “We asked her to do a lot and she accepted every challenge. This is great recognition for her as she starts her Iowa State career.”

2019-20 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor (20th season at Baylor, 20th overall)
Player of the Year: Lauren Cox, Baylor, C, 6-4, Sr., Flower Mound, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: DiDi Richards, Baylor, G, 6-1, Jr., Cypress, Texas
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Te’a Cooper, Baylor, G, 5-8, Gr., Powder Springs, Ga.
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State, F, 6-4, Jr., Lufkin, Texas
Freshman of the Year: Ayoka Lee, Kansas State, C, 6-5, Byron, Minn.
Sixth Man Award: Queen Egbo, Baylor, C, 6-3, So., Houston, Texas

All-Big 12 First Team (honors listed alphabetical by school)

Player School Position Height Class Hometown
Lauren Cox** Baylor Forward 6-4 Sr. Flower Mound, Texas
NaLyssa Smith Baylor Forward 6-2 So. Converse, Texas
Te’a Cooper Baylor Guard 5-8 Gr. Powder Springs, Ga.
Ashley Joens** Iowa State G/F 6-0 So. Iowa City, Iowa
Ayoka Lee Kansas State Center 6-5 RFr. Byron, Minn.
Peyton Williams Kansas State Forward 6-4 Sr. Topeka, Kan.
Vivian Gray** Oklahoma St. Guard 6-1 Jr. Argyle, Texas
Lauren Heard TCU Guard 5-9 Jr. Denton, Texas
Charli Collier Texas F/C 6-5 So. Mont Belvieu, Texas
Brittany Brewer Texas Tech Forward 6-5 Sr. Abilene, Texas

** Unanimous Selection

All-Big 12 Second Team

Player School Position Height Class Hometown
DiDi Richards Baylor Guard 6-1 Jr. Cypress, Texas
Natasha Mack Oklahoma St. Forward 6-4 Jr. Lufkin, Texas
Kianna Ray TCU Guard 6-1 Sr. Austin, Texas
Sug Sutton Texas Guard 5-8 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Tynice Martin West Virginia Guard 5-11 RSr. Atlanta, Ga.

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Juicy Landrum (Baylor), Kristin Scott (Iowa State), Angela Harris (Kansas State), Taylor Robertson (Oklahoma), Jayde Woods (TCU), Joyner Holmes (Texas), Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech), Kysre Gondrezick (West Virginia), Kari Niblack (West Virginia).
Big 12 All-Defensive Team

Player School Position Height Class Hometown
Lauren Cox** Baylor Forward 6-4 Sr. Flower Mound, Texas
DiDi Richards** Baylor Guard 6-1 Jr. Cypress, Texas
Natasha Mack Oklahoma St. Forward 6-4 Jr. Lufkin, Texas
Kianna Ray TCU Guard 6-1 Sr. Austin, Texas
Brittany Brewer Texas Tech Forward 6-5 Sr. Abilene, Texas

** Unanimous Selection

Big 12 All-Freshman Team

Player School Position Height Class Hometown
Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw Iowa State Guard 5-10 Fr. Indianola, Iowa
Zakiyah Franklin Kansas Guard 5-7 Fr. Lakeland, Fla.
Ayoka Lee** Kansas State Center 6-5 RFr. Byron, Minn.
Gabby Gregory** Oklahoma Guard 6-0 Fr. Tulsa, Okla.
Celeste Taylor** Texas Guard 5-11 Fr. Valley Stream, N.Y.
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