Joens named as alternate to U19 Team USA, Scott misses cut for Pan American Games

Iowa State guard Ashley Joens shoots a three during the fourth quarter of the Iowa State vs Baylor women’s basketball game Feb. 23, 2019 in Hilton Coliseum. The Lady Bears defeated the Cyclones 60-73 despite a surge from Iowa State in the second half.

Jack Shover

Two Iowa State women’s basketball players — sophomore Ashley Joens and junior Kristin Scott — participated in trials for international competition.

Joens tried out for the USA U19 World Cup team while Scott tried out for the USA team for the 2019 Pan American Games. Only Joens was named as an alternative to a team. Scott failed to make the roster for the team she tried out for.

Though Joens wasn’t able to make the 12-woman roster, she was named as an alternate for the team — which isn’t the first time.

Last year, Joens was named as an alternate for the U18 USA team, and earned a gold medal at the FIBA World Cup as a captain for the team. Joens was also the team’s second leading scorer and averaged 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in international play.

Team USA will be competing for a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand from July 20-28.

To compete at the World Cup, Joens will have to earn an invite to a vacated spot on the roster.

Last season, as a true freshman for Iowa State, Joens averaged 11.7 points and five rebounds, and was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.

Joens was primarily a spot-up shooter from three but showed a solid three-point stroke of 36.5% from three. All of Joens’ 20 plus point nights came from three-point shooting above 50%.

Meanwhile, Scott was not named to the USA Pan American roster.

The team established a 12-woman roster out of the 35 players, including Scott, who tried out.

The USA Pan American team will be competing in Lima, Peru Aug. 6-10.

Scott averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting 38.1% from three last season. Scott was the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder, behind All-American Bridget Carleton, who currently plays for the Connecticut Sun.

Scott was also named to the All-Big 12 Second team.

Like Joens, Scott thrived as a spot-up shooter, but as a post player — she was able to create mismatches on players who weren’t used to guarding players on the perimeter. As a result, Scott had one of the hottest shooting streaks in the Big 12 — including a perfect game on the floor against Oklahoma State on Jan. 26.

Scott scored 31 points on 11-11 shooting from the floor (7-7 from three and 2-2 from the free-throw line).

Whether or not they participate in international competition this offseason, both players will be the team’s top-returning scorers after the graduation of Carleton, who averaged 21.7 points per game.