The Iowa State women’s basketball team hasn’t seen the last of Aubrey Joens.
It’s just now that the former Cyclone will be on an opposing Big 12 team.
Joens, who entered the transfer portal earlier this month, announced Friday she intends to play for Big 12 Conference competitor Oklahoma next season.
The junior-to-be was looking for more playing time and she’s hoping to get it with the Sooners, one of the biggest surprise stories of the conference last season following a fourth place finish. Joens, the younger sister of Iowa State star Ashley Joens, has plenty to provide as a strong shooter and rebounder. She also has experience in a major conference.
The Iowa City native spent her first two seasons at Iowa State. She bounced in and out of the starting lineup and appeared in 61 games during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Joens provided a powerful punch off the bench at times averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
During her sophomore season, Joens started 15 games and averaged 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 42% from 3-point range. Joens helped Iowa State win a single-season school record 28 games and reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010.
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Ashley Joens announced after the season she was using the extra season of eligibility awarded by the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic to return for a fifth season. But Aubrey Joens decided to head to a new school. Now, the two sisters will square off against each other twice during the regular season. Another sister, Kelsey Joens, who will be a senior at Iowa City High School in the fall, plans to play for Iowa State.
Iowa State, which finished second in the Big 12 last season, is expected to be in the hunt for a regular season conference crown again during the 2022-23 season. The Cyclones return Ashley Joens, the school’s all-time leading scorer, along with starting point guard Emily Ryan and Lexi Donarski, the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Oklahoma, coached by former Dowling and Iowa Hawkeyes star Jennie Baranczyk, is expected to be another one of the teams to be battling with the Cyclones. Baranczyk, who came to Oklahoma from Drake a year ago, guided the Sooners to a 25-9 record during her first season.
Tommy Birch, the Register’s sports enterprise and features reporter, has been working at the newspaper since 2008. He’s the 2018 and 2020 Iowa Sportswriter of the Year. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter OmTommyBirch.