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No. 25 K-State falls to No. 9 Iowa State on final shot

K-State junior Ayoka Lee shoots against Iowa State, Jan. 11, 2022
K-State junior Ayoka Lee shoots against Iowa State, Jan. 11, 2022(K-State Athletics)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 8:21 PM CST
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - No. 25 K-State dropped a heartbreaker to No. 9 Iowa State Tuesday night, 73-70. The Cyclones hit a go-ahead three off the glass with 3.9 seconds left.

Prior to the final shot, Jeff Mittie’s squad trailed for just 16 seconds of the game. Their lead grew as large to 11 at halftime.

Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw’s three-pointer on the final possession marked the Cyclones’ first lead since the first minute, when ISU led 3-2.

K-State looked to lob into standout junior and Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 candidate Ayoka Lee for the final shot, but threw it out of bounds.

The Cyclones would hit one more free throw to seal it.

Lee set a school record for points in a conference game with 38, while hauling in 11 rebounds. She was the only K-State player to score in double figures.

The Cyclones shot 52.2% from three in the win (12-23). Ashley Joens paced ISU with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

The loss snaps a six-game win streak for K-State. This is the first week the Wildcats’ have been in the AP Top-25 poll since 2016-2017.

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