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K-State’s Ayoka Lee Secures Spot on 2024 Big 12 All-Tournament Team

SportsK-State's Ayoka Lee Secures Spot on 2024 Big 12 All-Tournament Team

Ayoka Lee, a senior center for K-State, was selected to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team for her outstanding play at the 2024 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship.

With this distinction, Lee becomes the first player since Megan Mahoney and Kendra Wecker in 2005 and the fifth player overall in program history to be named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.

In the 2024 Big 12 Championship, Lee averaged 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 23.5 points per game with a.667 field goal percentage. Lee led the field in field goal %, rebounding, and scoring among players who participated in at least two games.

In the quarterfinals, Lee finished with 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting, 11 rebounds, and three blocks against West Virginia. In the semifinals, Lee scored 25 points on 11 of 17 shots and pulled down 10 rebounds against Texas.

Lee was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and was unanimously chosen for the All-Big 12 First Team.

For Lee, it was her fourth career All-Big 12 First Team honor. She is now the only player in program history to be selected four times for the All-Big 12 alongside Nicole Ohlde (2000–04) and Kendra Wecker (2001–05). The only players in school history with two or more Big 12 All-Defensive team selections are Lee and Breanna Lewis.

Lee has having a fantastic 2023–24 season as she is averaging 19.8 points on a.620 field goal percentage, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.83 blocked shots. She was recognized as a 2024 Naismith Women’s Player of the Year Midseason Team honoree and a 2024 John R. Wooden Award Top 20 contender. She leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage and is ranked sixth in the country. In terms of scoring average, Lee is ranked third in the Big 12, second in the league, seventh in the country, and sixth in terms of average rebounding.

She is a finalist for the Lisa Leslie Award Top 10 and has scored 20 points or more in 11 games this season, including her second career 20-20 double-double versus Oral Roberts with 24 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocked shots.

With 18 games of two or more blocked shots this season, including a season-high seven at UCF on January 6 and Iowa State on February 14, Lee has led the Big 12’s top defense. In five games, the 2024 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year contender has also racked up two or more steals.

Throughout her career, Lee holds the school records for most career blocks (318), second-most rebounds (1,098), third-most points scored (2,163), and most career double-doubles (59). With 300 or more career blocks and 100 or more career steals, she is the first player in program history to achieve both feats.

Lee joins Iowa State’s Audi Crooks and Emily Ryan, as well as Texas’s Madison Booker and Aaliyah Moore. The only player chosen who did not go to the conference final was Lee.

Now, K-State (25-7) will get ready for the NCAA Tournament in 2024. On Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, the Wildcats will learn their seed.

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