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K-State’s Ayoka Lee sets NCAA scoring record

K-State's Ayoka Lee
K-State's Ayoka Lee(K-State Athletics)
Published: Jan. 23, 2022 at 3:01 PM CST
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - K-State junior Ayoka Lee scored 61 points in the Wildcats’ win over No. 14 Oklahoma Sunday, setting the all-time NCAA DI women’s basketball scoring record.

She became the first player in program history to score 30 points in one half in the first. She also passed Brittney Griner’s previous Big 12 record of 50, set March 4, 2013.

Lee finished 23-30 from the field (76.7%) and 15-17 from the free throw line (88.2%). She also added 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in the historic performance as K-State topped the Sooners 94-65.

“Coming into this game, I wasn’t like, and I don’t think anyone is like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re just going to set a record today,’” Lee said. “But I think it just goes back to our preparation. This wasn’t an easy scout. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy but we just executed so well, and it started with our defense.”

“This is a complete player,” K-State head coach Jeff Mittie said of Lee. “We focus sometimes on the offensive end, but she was tasked with defending guards today at the three-point line. Ayoka is the same person good, bad, everyday.”

The ‘Cats held OU to just 37.7% from the field and 33% from the field.

When Lee exited the game for the final time, she had the same number of points Oklahoma had as a team.

“What’s another word for incredible? Outstanding, amazing, spectacular, All American?” Oklahoma head coach Jennie Baranczyk said of Lee’s performance. “Yes, all of those things. She was great.”

The ‘Cats improve to 15-4 and 5-2 in Big 12 play. They’ll travel to No. 15 Texas on Wednesday.

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