Stephanie Soares commits to Iowa State


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Bill Fennelly yells on the court during the second round NCAA tournament game against No.6 Georgia March 20th, 2022. 

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Stephanie Soares, a graduate transfer from The Master’s University, has committed to Iowa State. She has one year remaining and will be immediately eligible in the fall.

Standing at 6-foot,6-inches, the São Paulo, Brazil, native is a two-time NAIA Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-American in her three seasons with the Mustangs. She is coming off of a 2021-22 season where she averaged 20.5 points-per-game while grabbing 12.2 rebounds-per-game.

A five-star prospect out of high school, Soares stands to significantly help the Cyclones take the next step in the quest for a Big 12 Championship and NCAA run.

When looking at the Big 12, teams such as Baylor and Texas gave Iowa State problems this past season with their physicality and size, and Kansas State star Ayoka Lee also stands at 6-foot, 6-inches.

When looking at the NCAA as a whole, national champions South Carolina have relied on players like Aliyah Boston to sustain success in a women’s basketball landscape that is becoming more and more competitive.

In short, Iowa State has joined that group of schools that has a player with such coveted size and skill. Joining Beatriz Jordão and Morgan Kane as part of the Cyclones’ post-player arsenal, there will definitely be options for Head Coach Bill Fennelly at the position.

With Ashley Joens back for a fifth year and 2022 recruit Denae Fritz healthy for her second season, adding a player like Soares adds yet another layer to this upcoming season’s expectations for Iowa State.