Kansas State standout sets NCAA women’s basketball scoring record in win

Kansas State center Ayoka Lee shoots against Oregon.
Kansas State center Ayoka Lee, shown against Oregon on Dec. 18, scored an NCAA Division I single-game women’s record of 61 points in a win over Oklahoma on Sunday.
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Ayoka Lee poured in 61 points to set the NCAA women’s single-game scoring record for Division I and Kansas State romped to a 94-65 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma on Sunday.

Lee buried 23 of 30 shots from the floor — all two-pointers — for the Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 Big 12 Conference).

Lee broke the record on a layup with 2:53 remaining in the game. Cindy Brown of Long Beach State scored 60 against San Jose State on Feb. 16, 1987 and Rachel Banham had 60 for Minnesota on Feb. 7, 2016 against Northwestern.


Lee had 32 points in the first half to help Kansas State take a 51-27 lead. She surpassed her school-record 43-point effort — set in the first game this season — on a layup with 1:55 left in the third quarter. The bucket gave Kansas State a 66-49 lead. Lee had 49 points and Kansas State led 70-51 heading into the final period.

After COVID-19 restrictions forced it to play home games without fans, the UCLA men’s basketball team is looking forward to a packed Pauley Pavilion.

Jan. 23, 2022

Lee, a junior, had 14 points in the first quarter to stake the Wildcats to a 19-11 lead. She made 15 of 17 foul shots and grabbed 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. Freshman Serena Sundell pitched in with 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Taylor Robertson paced the Sooners (16-3, 5-2) with 19 points and Madi Williams scored 11. Robertson and Williams are just one of four tandems averaging better than 18 points per game this season.

The Sooners cracked the top 15 this week for the first time since Nov. 28, 2016. Oklahoma came in averaging 88.3 points per game, second best in the nation.

Kansas State hits the road to play No. 15 Texas on Wednesday. Oklahoma heads home to host Oklahoma State on Wednesday.