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Stephanie Soares, Bill Fennelly, Ashley Joens at the WNBA draft

Stephanie Soares, Coach Bill Fennelly, and Ashley Joens.

Stephanie Soares was selected fourth overall in the WNBA draft in April, becoming the highest selection in program history. Soares’ (’23 MS family and consumer sciences) draft rights were dealt to the Dallas Wings. The Cyclones’ all-time leading scorer, Ashley Joens (’22 elementary education) (right, shown with Soares and Coach Bill Fennelly) was selected 19th overall in the second round and will join Soares with the Wings. ISU football closed the month of April with former Cyclones Will McDonald IV (’22 liberal studies), Xavier Hutchinson (’21 criminal justice), and Anthony Johnson Jr. (’22 communication studies), in the first, sixth, and seventh rounds, respectively, of the NFL draft. McDonald became the second first-round pick in school history, joining George Amundson (’78 engineering operations), who was selected 14th overall in 1973. McDonald will join former Cyclone standouts Breece Hall and Allen Lazard on the New York Jets.

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