MANHATTAN, Kansas – K-State used a school record 33 points in the first quarter and went over 100 points for the second time under Jeff Mittie to coast to a 109-69 victory over Oral Roberts. The 109 points were the most points scored by K-State since the 2002 season and the third most in Wildcat history. The win extended K-State’s win streak over non-conference opponents to 10 inside Bramlage Coliseum.
“It was probably as good of a start as we could’ve imagined,” said Mittie. “Obviously, we were hot early. I think our defense was really good early. That first quarter of throwing up thirty-three and then following it up in the second quarter with thirty, we just were in a really good rhythm. We were timely tonight with passes. We were really aggressive pushing the ball, and defensively we got after them. We’ve got to foul less. That’s a problem. We’ve got to correct those things, but all in all, pretty pleased with the performance.”
The Wildcats (3-0) had seven players in double figures. K-State was led by sophomore guard Christianna Carr, who notched a career high 24 points with 20 in the first half. She knocked down five threes to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
Redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee continued her hot start to the season, as the center tallied a double-double with a career high 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior guard Rachel Ranke contributed 16 points, including three three-point field goals, while senior forward Peyton Williams secured her second straight double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Jasauen Beard also dropped 11 points to go with four rebounds and two blocks.
Redshirt sophomore guard Cymone Goodrich and sophomore guard Savannah Simmons both hit double digit scoring efforts with 10 points each. For Simmons, the 10 points set a career high to go along with four assists off the bench.
K-State bolted out of the gates in the first quarter, and aside from a few turnovers and foul trouble, ended the first quarter strong with a 20-point lead thanks to a 19-2 run in the middle of the quarter.
The hot shooting continued through the second quarter, as the Wildcats scored 30 behind a team shooting percentage of 68 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three. The ball movement was fantastic, and 17 first-half assists helped put K-State up 63-32 at the break.
Halftime didn’t cool off the Cats. Just 14 seconds into the second half, Peyton Williams knocked down a three pointer to open up the scoring. Lee tallied five points in the first minute and 45 seconds of the third quarter. Lee and Beard each had six points in the third, and K-State held a 92-50 lead heading to the final frame.
A Beard free throw put K-State over the century mark for the first time in four years.
The Wildcats concluded their historic night shooting 55.1 percent from the field and knocking down 10 three pointers at a 47.6 percent rate. Senior guard Angela Harris played a huge role as distributor, as her nine assists are most by a K-State player this year. As a team, the Wildcats dished out 27 assists on their 38 made baskets.
Defensively, K-State swiped 15 steals from Oral Roberts, including three from both Williams and Goodrich. The Wildcats converted the turnovers into 26 points in the victory.
K-State will have six days off before its next game, as the Wildcats host UT Arlington on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets, call the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit kstatesports.com/tickets.
Sunday’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
“Well it was probably as good of a start as we could’ve imagined. Obviously we were hot early. I think our defense was really good early. That first quarter of throwing up thirty-three and then following it up in the second quarter with thirty, we just were in a really good rhythm. We were timely tonight with passes. We were really aggressive pushing the ball, and defensively we got after them. We’ve got to foul less. That’s a problem. We’ve got to correct those things, but all in all, pretty pleased with the performance.”
On if Ayoka Lee and Christianna Carr provided the spark tonight…
“Chrissy obviously got so hot from three and we were really finding her. That was a problem for Oral Roberts, because we were stretching them at the three and then Yoki was getting great position down there. I thought that we had a pretty good balance at that time. You don’t want to get too three hungry when you can throw it into Yoki and get good looks there, so our balance at that time was pretty solid. I thought Angela Harris, after the initial couple of turnovers, she really had a nice game of vision up the floor and finding people timely. I think that it all went together, obviously very well. That’s as good as I’ve seen us play offensively this year.”
On ball movement…
“Yeah, the ball moved as well as it has all year. We prepared a lot for them to potentially play some junk defense because they’ve played the buzz some. They’ve played matchup defense. They’ve played a 1-2-2, and so we were trying to get it moving. We probably have worked less man the last day and a half. We wanted to get out in transition because I was afraid that if they did go zone, I didn’t want us walking the ball up the floor so I wanted us attacking. They never went zone, so I just liked our attack. I really think what’s key for our shooters, though, is to get to the free throw line. Chrissy is doing a better job of mixing her game up so it’s not just 0-of-3 from three. If you’re 0-of-3 from three, that’s going to happen but can you get four free throws in that stretch to watch it go through three out of four or something like that? That’s different, and it’s different for Rachel as well, because she’s getting to the free throw line better than she did a year ago.”
On if foul troubles for Peyton Williams posed a challenge for Ayoka Lee…
“I think it posed a big problem for everybody, because Ashley Ray tweaked her ankle in practice yesterday and was limited. She spent the whole time last night trying to get ready to play whatever minutes, because we did not want to play Peyton (Williams) a lot of minutes. It did stress Yoki a little bit. She went some extended stretches there, but we got good production. Emma Chapman came in and gave us a nice lift. Laura (Macke) battled some foul trouble, but we’ve got some players that can fill that role for us.”
On the defensive effort and forcing turnovers…
“I thought we forced them. I thought we were really up into them. We had a lot of live turnovers out there. We had a lot of opportunities to get layups at the other end, so I thought we did a really good job of forcing them. The only downfall tonight was the fouling. Going into this game, we wanted two things. We wanted to limit their three point shots and certainly their makes. We wanted to limit their assists. We wanted to turn them into one-on-one players. We expected Lippe to have the ball in her hands more than she did. We did not have enough discipline in that stretch, and that’s the part we’re going to just need to get better on.”
AYOKA LEE, REDSHIRT FRESHMAN CENTER
On being a presence in the paint…
“Coming into this game, a big thing was to keep the post an option and keep passing it in. I knew I had to do my job to make sure I was posting up hard to give them a big target when passing it in. Sometimes they were sending someone over in front and sometimes they weren’t, so it came with reading it and communicating with my teammates.”
On the opposing team’s changes in their plays because of K-State’s continuous shooting…
“A lot of it was taking advantage of times where I could post up. Coming into the game I wanted to be aggressive posting up in the paint. That was a big part, but my teammates finding me was the biggest thing because they are the ones who got me the ball. It was a little of both.”
CHRISTIANNA CARR, SOPHOMORE GUARD
On what was clicking offensively…
“Right now, being able to shoot at a high level is just taking and making open shots. My teammates did a good job of finding me. It came to me just by being patient, finding other people and getting inside to Yoki (Lee) always helps because they collapse on her and she kicks it out. We have been stressing patience and everyone being a threat offensively, which really does help because it opens up a lot more things for all of us. My teammates did a good job of finding me and the open player tonight.”
On making five straight three pointers..
“The one at the top of the key I was not expecting to make it and it went in. Just being able to take and make open shots, doing my part of the job. If your teammates are finding you and you are not making open shots, I would expect someone to tell me to quit shooting. My teammates did a great job of finding me.”
On scoring 100…
“That was our goal. We went into halftime talking about hitting 100 and keeping them under 50. Unfortunately, we did not keep them under 50, but we did get to 100 so I think we need to focus more on the defensive mindset coming out of halftime and start taking things personal.”
Source: Kansas State Sports