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Iowa Women’s Basketball: Cy-Hawk Series Tonight on FS1

Iowa City native Ashley Joens is Cyclones leading player.

Tania Davis and Kathleen Doyle celebrate after Davis hit a three pointer to defeat ISU last year.
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Iowa and Iowa State. That may not seem like it, but in Iowa, it is a complete sentence. It doesn’t matter what the sport or activity is, when these two schools get together, both teams are going to give it their all.

Tonight it’s women’s basketball on the menu in the Cy-Hawk Series. The game will be televised nationally on FS1.

Iowa currently leads the annual Cy-Hawk Series 7-6 with Iowa having wins in football (worth 3 pts), wrestling and women’s soccer while ISU has claimed victories in volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country.

The Cyclones basketball team is 6-1 on the season although none of their wins are over traditionally strong programs. Their one loss was to Drake in early November. Iowa is currently 6-2 with losses to UNI and Washington. Last year, Iowa won 73-70 against ISU when senior Tania Davis hit a three-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining. Iowa leads the all-time series 27-22.

Leading ISU in scoring is sophomore Ashley Joens (21.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg) from Iowa City. The 6-0 guard/forward combo was a big recruiting win for the Cyclones as she was a five-star recruit taken from the Hawkeyes back yard. Interestingly, Iowa never offered Joens a scholarship even though she was definitely interested in staying close to home and playing in the Big Ten. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder has routinely offered a “no comment” when asked why Joens wasn’t recruited by Iowa.


Wednesday, December 11: Iowa vs. Iowa State @ Ames, 7:00 p.m. (CST)

Saturday, December 14: Iowa vs. North Carolina Central @ Carver-Hawkeye, 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Iowa State scouting report from

  • Iowa State is 6-1 on the season -- its only loss is to in-state rival, Drake.
  • Iowa State played its last contest on Dec. 5 -- a 75-66 win over Alabama.
  • Sophomore Ashley Joens leads the Cyclones with 21.9 points per game. Junior forward Kristin Scott follows with 13.7 points per game.
  • The pair also lead in rebounds with Joens pulling in 10.1 per game, averaging a double-double, and Scott recording 6.3.
  • As a team, the Cyclones average 78.7 points per game, while holding opponents to 56.9.
  • Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly has accumulated over 500 career wins (671-315) and averaged 21 wins per season in his 24 years at Iowa State (505-262). His teams have made 21 NCAA Championship appearances in his 30 seasons as a head coach.
  • The North Carolina Central Eagles play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and are currently 1-8 on the season. The record is a little misleading as the Eagles have been playing some larger schools at the Division I level including California, Penn State, and North Carolina.

Last Week’s Results

Iowa 74, Clemson 60

Iowa defeated Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at home last Wednesday evening. Sophomore center Monika Czinano scored a career high 24 points to lead the Hawkeyes.

Iowa forced numerous turnovers against the Tigers including 14 steals. Iowa ended up scoring 19 points off Clemson turnovers which helped seal the win.

Stats Leader

Points Per Game: Kathleen Doyle (14.8)

Three Pointers Made: Makenzie Meyer (20)

Field Goal % (min 75% games played): Monika Czinano (74.2%)

Free Throw % (min 75% games played): Alexis Sevillian (90.9%)

Rebounds Per Game: Amanda Ollinger (7.5)

Assists: Kathleen Doyle (49)

Steals: Kathleen Doyle (14)

Blocks: Amanda Ollinger (10)