No. 5 Iowa State passes Michigan State 80-49

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephanie Soares tied her season-high with 23 points and added 11 rebounds and six blocks as No. 5 Iowa State rolled past Michigan State 80-49 Thursday night in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational.

Soares, a 6-foot-6 transfer from The Master’s where she was a two-time NAIA National Player of the Year, dominated the interior, making 10 of 14 shots.

Emily Ryan added 17 points and eight assists, and the Cyclones cruised despite a poor night of shooting by leading scorer Ashley Joens, the Big 12 preseason player of the year. Joens averaged 25.5 points, but only managed eight.

Iowa State (5-0) began the week ranked in the top five of the AP Top 25 for the first time since December 31, 2001, when the program reached its highest ranking in school history at No. 4. The Cyclones will have a chance to make a case for a higher ranking with a top-10 game against North Carolina in the championship game on Sunday.

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