MANHATTAN, Kansas – With four of K-State’s five starters in double figures on Monday night, the Wildcats cruised to an 84-40 win over UIC inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has won nine straight home games against non-conference opponents.
K-State (2-0) was led by sophomore Christianna Carr with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting including a 4-of-9 effort from beyond the arc. She also pulled in six rebounds.
Sophomore Rachel Ranke poured in 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting including a 4-of-8 performance from 3-point range. She also hauled in six rebounds and pocketed two steals.
Playing in just her second collegiate game, redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee tallied her first career double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
Making her first career start, sophomore Laura Macke was a rebound shy of her first career rebound. Regardless, the forward from Baileyville, Kansas, registered career-highs of 11 points and nine rebounds.
K-State dashed out to a 10-point lead, 15-5, as all five starters recorded at least one basket in the first five minutes. The run by the Wildcats would hit 15-0, as K-State built a 20-5 lead with 1:50 remaining in the first frame. UIC (0-3) chipped at the K-State lead with five unanswered points to end the period, as the Wildcats held a 20-10 lead.
In the second quarter, Carr and Ranke caught fire from beyond the arc as the duo combined to score 15 of K-State’s 17 points in the frame. Carr buried three 3-point field goals, while Ranke tallied a pair to help the Wildcats to a 37-21 lead at the half.
To open the second half, UIC scored on a layup with nine minutes to play. K-State then went on a suffocating 16-0 run to build a 53-23 lead with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter. Ayoka Lee went to work in the post and registered five of K-State’s 16 points.
In total for the third quarter, K-State would outscore the Flames, 30-13, and build a 67-34 advantage entering the final stanza. The 30 points in the third quarter was one off the school record for points in a third quarter (31, vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 13, 2018) and were the most points scored in a quarter this season by K-State.
K-State continued its stifling defense into the fourth quarter, holding the Flames to a 1-of-13 effort from the field and a total of six points.
The Wildcats ended the night shooting 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field including a 40.7 percent effort from 3-point range (11-of-27). K-State held UIC to 24.6 percent shooting (15-of-61). Aiding to the offensive performance were 21 assists on the 28 made field goals. The Wildcats were paced by Angela Harris with six assists and Cymone Goodrich tied her career-high with five.
Kansas State outrebounded UIC, 59-28, including 43 defensive boards. The 59 rebounds were the most since K-State hauled in 61 against Mississippi Valley State on December 1, 2006.
Defensively, K-State notched a season-high 11 blocked shots and pocketed nine steals. The 11 blocked shots were the third-most since head coach Jeff Mittie became the K-State head coach in 2014-15.
Kansas State will have a week to prepare for its next game, as the Wildcats host Oral Roberts on Monday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit kstatesports.com/tickets.
Monday’s game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.
What They Said
JEFF MITTIE, HEAD COACH
“I thought it was an okay performance. There were things we could obviously improve on. Got off to a good start, got real sluggish towards the end of the first. The second was pretty sluggish I thought. Certainly something that we can continue to look at film, look at the areas we can continue to improve on. I think our ball movement over the course of the game got better, early I didn’t like it, felt like we were late on everything and still felt like we were a little bit late but felt like it was improved. Probably the best thing I liked all night was the glass work was pretty consistent. When we got out in transition I thought we made some good decisions, so those two areas were probably the best areas.”
On the benefits of the size advantage tonight…
“Well yeah, obviously we had a size advantage at most every position, but I felt like we utilized the size defensively better. Early It was a little sporadic in that they got some layups that I didn’t like. We made a good adjustment in the second half of defending that better. “
On the improvement of the assist numbers…
“I think it’s better, yeah, twenty-one is better. I really like the late stretch. I really like the unselfish play by Cymone (Goodrich). I thought Rachel (Ranke) made a really good pass to Macke. She didn’t hit the three, but it was a really good pass, really timely pass. I thought Chrissy made a nice drop off to Yoki (Ayoka Lee) for a layup in transition, so there were much better plays. I thought Angela had a good pace to her in the second half, was really running the show there. So yeah, those plays I thought were much better.”
On if the zone caused troubles in the second quarter…
“Well we haven’t faced a lot of zone. We really just talked about a few things yesterday, and their zone is a little bit different zone. I think it did have to do with it. I think at that point we got really sloppy. We were still trying to play way fast. We really got locked in and talking to the players at half time, they felt like they were staying on reads and waiting for something to happen as opposed to just playing with the open player. So they came out in the second half and really just simplified it. ‘Hey look, we haven’t played a lot of zone, let’s try to just play with an open teammate. If we just keep doing that good things will happen, and that’s really what happened. I like the way we started the third quarter with the exception of their two buckets that they got, but we answered. Yoki (Ayoka Lee) got inside, we got inside the zone. We got the lob to her a couple times, and those were easy buckets. Yeah, I think the zone affected us but we played better over the course of the last twenty-two, twenty-three minutes of the game.
On Laura Macke starting…
“I thought Laura was good. Laura (Macke) had some fun transition buckets, got out and ran, was active on the glass. The only thing I think that Laura (Macke) continues to, and I would put Chapman in this group as well, is that the four’s in our offense are decision makers. They get touches, and they were a little bit unsure in that stretch we weren’t very good. That’s where you really miss Peyton (Williams) because she has the experience. She’s got the reps, she knows those things. Laura and Emma are working hard to get better.”
AYOKA LEE, REDSHIRT FRESHMAN CENTER
On finishing with numerous blocks…
“I think going into this game, one big thing for me was staying out of foul trouble, which included when they did drive, staying straight up and blocking shots up above and not bringing my hands down. I think just being smart and disciplined about that definitely helped me alter shots so that we can get those boards.”
CHRISTIANNA CARR, SOPHOMORE GUARD
On the opposing team’s changes in their plays because of K-State’s continuous shooting…
“Just like any other team, even us, we had to make adjustments throughout the game, so we kind of expected that coming out. With one person hugging up on our shooters, that opens up the lane for other people, so I honestly just embrace it. I’m fine with it as long as other people are getting touches and scoring. That’s really all that matters at the end of the day.”
Source: Kansas State Sports