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“Ayoka Lee Shines: Named to Big 12 All-Tournament Team”

After her outstanding performance at the 2024 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship, K-State senior center Ayoka Lee has earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.

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This achievement marks Lee as the fifth player in program history to receive this honor, and notably, she is the first since Megan Mahoney and Kendra Wecker in 2005.

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Throughout the 2024 Big 12 Championship, Lee showcased her prowess, averaging 23.5 points on a .667 field goal percentage, along with 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Among players who participated in at least two games during the event, Lee emerged as the second-leading scorer, top rebounder, and top field goal percentage shooter.

In the quarterfinals against West Virginia, Lee delivered a stellar performance with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. She continued her impressive display in the semifinals against Texas, tallying 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and securing 10 rebounds.

Lee’s remarkable contributions didn’t go unnoticed, as she was unanimously selected to the All-Big 12 First Team and also earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.

This marks Lee’s fourth All-Big 12 First Team honor in her career, placing her in elite company alongside Nicole Ohlde (2000-04) and Kendra Wecker (2001-05) as the only four-time All-Big 12 selections in program history. Additionally, Lee joins Breanna Lewis as one of the only players in program history to receive two or more Big 12 All-Defensive team honors.

Lee’s outstanding season extends beyond the tournament, as she continues to excel on the court, averaging 19.8 points on a .620 field goal percentage, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.83 blocked shots per game. Her impressive stats rank her among the top players in the nation and solidify her as a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12 conference.

Furthermore,  defensive prowess has been instrumental in leading the Big 12’s top defense, with numerous games recording two or more blocked shots and steals.

In her illustrious career,  has left an indelible mark on the K-State basketball program, ranking third in school history for points scored, second for rebounds, and holding the school record for career blocks and double-doubles.

Despite not making the conference championship game, exceptional performance throughout the season and at the Big 12 Championship cements her legacy as one of the standout players in K-State basketball history.

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