Nov 29, 2019 1:48 AM

K-State women open Junkanoo Jam against Memphis

Posted Nov 29, 2019 1:48 AM

BIMINI, Bahamas -- K-State will take part in the 17th annual Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas, on Friday and Saturday.

The Wildcats will face Memphis on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT, and will face either LSU or (15/16) Michigan State on Saturday at either 3:30 p.m. (CT, or 5:45 p.m. (CT).


Both games can be seen live on FloHoops (subscription required) and heard on the K-State Sports Network.

Through four games, K-State is averaging 88.7 points per game and ranks 36th in the nation in scoring. The Wildcats feature four players averaging double figures.

Defensively, K-State has held its first three opponents to a combined field goal percentage of 30.3 percent which ranks 15th in the nation.


Starting 5

Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State women’s basketball

1. 50x50x50

K-State has recorded three games of 50 or more rebounds in a season for the first time in the Jeff Mittie era and the first time since the 2002-03 season (4).

2. Lee Big 12 Freshman of the Week

Redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee earned her first Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor, as she averaged 13.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks last week. She is the fourth Big 12 Freshman of the Week recipient in the Jeff Mittie era, and all four currently are members of the Wildcats (Lee, Christianna Carr, Rachel Ranke, Peyton Williams).

3. Williams a Double-Double Machine

Peyton Williams, a candidate for every national award, owns 24 career double-doubles and is sixth in program history for career double-doubles. She has opened the 2019-20 season with a double-double in all three games she has played and is averaging 13.7 points and 16.7 rebounds.

4. Charity (Stripe) Work

K-State has made more free throws (70) than its opponents have attempted this season (68).

5. Engine in Carr

Sophomore Christianna Carr is the only player in the Big 12 this season with double figures in field goals made, 3-point field goals made and free throws made.


Last Time Out

UT Arlington 57, Kansas State 53 (November 24, 2019; Manhattan)

K-State had its 10-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents snapped.

Kansas State shot a season-low 25.0 percent from the field.

The Wildcats outrebounded the Lady Mavericks, 53-33, and held an 18-3 edge in second chance points.

Senior forward Peyton Williams led the Wildcats in scoring and on the glass with her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 18 rebounds.


Number to Know -- 4

Kansas State’s Peyton Williams has four career games in her career with 10 or more points and 15 or more rebounds.

She is fifth in school history for career double-doubles with 10 or more points and 15 or more rebounds.

This season, she has doubled her career total with a pair of games with 10 or more points and 15 or more rebounds. She is the only player in the Big 12 with at least two games with 10 or more points and 15 or more rebounds this season.


At a Glance: Memphis

Memphis (3-3) has won two straight following an 83-76 win at Toledo on November 24.

On the sideline, the Tigers are led by 12th-year head coach Melissa McFerrin. In her time with Memphis, McFerrin has registered a record of 178-175 (.504).

On the floor, Memphis has been led by sophomore Jamirah Shutes and freshman Madison Griggs.

Shutes, a guard from Brownsville, Tennessee, is averaging a team-high 16.8 points and is second on the team in rebounding average at 5.3 per game. At Toledo, Shutes recorded 10 points, four assists and three steals.

Griggs, a guard from Memphis, Tennessee, has come off the bench to rank second on the team with 10.8 points per game and leads the team from 3-point range at 19-of-37 (.514). At Toledo, Griggs registered 24 points and was 8-of-10 from deep to set the school record for 3-point field goals made in a game.


At a Glance: LSU

LSU (5-1) comes to the Bahamas with a four-game winning streak in tow following a 64-58 win over Rutgers in Baton Rouge.

On the sideline, the Tigers are led by ninth-year head coach Nikki Fargas. In her time with LSU, Fargas has registered a record of 153-107 (.588).

On the floor, LSU is paced by juniors Khayla Pointer and Faustine Aifuwa.

Pointer, a 5’7” guard from Marietta, Georgia, is averaging 14.5 points and 3.8 assists. Against the Scarlet Knights, Pointer tallied 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Aifuwa, a 6’5” center from Dacula, Georgia, is averaging 13.5 points on a .638 field goal percentage and 7.0 rebounds. Against Rutgers, Aifuwa notched 16 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.


At a Glance: Michigan State

(15/16) Michigan State (5-0) competes in the Junkanoo Jam following a 79-34 win over Hartford on Nov. 24.

On the sideline, the Spartans are guided by 13th-year head coach Suzy Merchant. In her time with the Spartans, Merchant has carded a record of 270-134 (.668). Merchant coached K-State’s Peyton Williams in the 2019 Pan American Games.

On the floor, Michigan State has been led by sophomore Mia Clouden and senior Taryn McCutcheon.

Clouden, a product of Owings Mills, Maryland, is averaging 16.0 points and 2.6 steals. Against Hartford, Clouden tallied 12 points and two steals.

McCutcheon, a 5’5” guard from East Lansing, Michigan, is averaging 12.4 points and leads the team from 3-point range at 13-of-30 (.433). Against Hartford, McCutcheon registered a game-high with 14 points and was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.