Central Plains’ Emily Ryan leading Iowa State women’s hoops

Central Plains' Emily Ryan leading Iowa State women's hoops
Published: Oct. 18, 2022 at 6:53 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Catch it Kansas) - From the day Bill Fennelly signed Emily Ryans out of Central Plains, he knew she would help guide the Iowa State basketball program to its ultimate goal.

“Emily came in wanting to be the point guard and leader of our team,” said Fennelly, head coach of the Iowa State women’s basketball team. “The day she stepped on campus, you knew that was gonna happen.”

Ryan has done that, and some. The reigning All-Big 12 First Team point guard was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team ahead of Tuesday’s trip to the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, for the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tipoff. She started all 35 games last year and started all but two as a freshman. She averaged 13 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds last season, ranking third in the nation in assists while setting the program record with 249.

Her sophomore year including a career-high 29-point effort, a 54.1 shooting percentage from 3 in Big 12 play and multiple games with 15-plus assists, the only player in Division I to do so. She also led Iowa State with 62 steals and minutes played.

“There’s still a lot of work to do, obviously, but just top know we have to have that potential and that we’re in that situation and I get to be apart of that journey is  something I’m really excited for,” Ryan said.

The Cyclones are ranked 8th in the preseason Top 25 and were picked to win the Big 12, gaining one more vote than Texas.