Adversity has struck several times this season when it comes to injuries for Iowa State women's basketball, but perhaps the biggest blow of the season comes just before a top-15 matchup against the Texas Longhorns.
Ashley and Aubrey Joens will reportedly both miss Wednesday night’s game due to COVID-related protocols. The news was first reported by Nick Osen of 247 Sports.
Iowa State women's basketball will likely be with out Ashley Joens and Aubrey Joens (COVID-related) tonight for their battle against Texas, multiple sources tell 247 Sports/Cyclone Alert #Cyclones— Nick Osen (@TheRealNickOsen) January 19, 2022
Hoping to break a three-game losing streak to Texas as well as playing with a chance to go 6-0 in conference play for the first time in program history, missing the star sisters and their combined 30 points-per-game and nearly 17 rebounds-per-game makes things that much harder.
Brian Joens, Ashley and Aubrey’s father, made a post on Facebook clarifying that his daughters are not sick, but since they are unvaccinated and were around a COVID-positive individual they must stay away from the team for one week.
With the sisters out, more minutes can be expected out of Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw and Nyamer Diew.