MANHATTAN, Kansas – For the second straight week, Kansas State redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee has been named Big 12 Freshman of the Week. Lee is the second Wildcat in program history and the first since Rachel Ranke in 2018 to earn consecutive Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors.
Lee, a product of Byron, Minnesota, garnered Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team – Bimini Division honors for her post dominance against Memphis and Michigan State. During the Junkanoo Jam, Lee averaged 18.0 points on a .789 field goal percentage, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.
Against Memphis, Lee paced K-State with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
Against 15th-ranked Michigan State, Lee set career-highs in every category as she tallied 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and a 6-of-7 effort from the foul line, 13 rebounds and six rebounds. This was her second double-double this season with five or more blocks.
Her six blocked shots against Michigan State are tied for the seventh-most in a single-game in program history.
For the season, Lee is second on the team in scoring at 14.3 points and second in rebounding at 10.7 per game. She paces the Wildcats in field goal percentage at .600 and blocks, 21, and blocks per game, 3.5. Lee is third in the nation and leads all freshmen nationally in blocks per game. She leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding.
K-State returns to action in Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday, as the Wildcats host UIW at 6:30 p.m.
Kansas State will accept toy donations for Fort Riley’s Operation Santa Claus. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or gift cards. In exchange for the toy donation, fans will be able purchase a single-game ticket for just $3.
Fort Riley’s Operation Santa Claus helps service members and their families provide gifts to their children during the holiday season. All donations will go towards a Fort Riley soldier, especially to families under financial constraints and families of deployed, fallen, or injured soldiers.
Tuesday’s game will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and on the K-State Sports Network with a free audio stream at kstatesports.com.
Source: Kansas State Sports