MANHATTAN – K-State redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee continued to collect honors for her dominating first season with the Wildcats, as Lee was selected to the Her Hoop Stats Fab 15 Freshman Team.
The players for this honor were selected from the nation’s 32 conference freshmen of the year recipients.
Lee, the 2020 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, ranked ninth among freshmen in the nation and led all Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 15.7 points per game. She ranked second in the nation among freshmen and led the league in rebounding at 11.4 per game. She also led all freshmen in the nation in blocks at 3.1 per game.
Lee, who was named the number two freshman in the nation during the 2019-20 season according to ESPN.com, ranked among the top-12 in the Big 12 in nine statistical categories and was tied for the league lead in double-doubles with 19. She was second in the league for all classes and fourth in the nation among freshmen in field goal percentage at .568
Lee was the first freshman in program history to complete a conference season with a double-double as she averaged 15.8 points and 11.7 rebounds.
She was the first freshman in program history with the combination of 400 or more points, 300 or more rebounds and 90 or more blocks. Lee established 13 Big 12 or K-State single-season school records including: rebounds by a freshman (331), blocks by a freshman (91) and double-doubles for all-classes (19).
K-State endured four season-ending injuries in the 2019-20 season which depleted the roster by early December. However, the Wildcats (16-13, 10-8 Big 12) tied for fourth in the Big 12 and won seven of their last 10 games in the league.
The Wildcats completed the season with a winning record for the sixth straight season. The Wildcats had their 2020 postseason destination derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled the 2020 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship, the 2020 NCAA Tournament and the 2020 Postseason WNIT.
Kansas State returns nine letter winners for the 2020-21 season. K-State also welcomes in graduate transfer Sydney Goodson, junior Makayla Pippin, redshirt freshman Jada Thorpe from injury and freshmen Taylor Lauterbach and Jada Moore.
Her Hoop Stats Fab 15 Freshman Team
Aliyah Boston, SEC, South Carolina
Haley Cavinder, Mountain West, Fresno State
Dyaisha Fair, MAC, Buffalo
Abby Feit, Missouri Valley, Evansville
Alex Fowler, WCC, Portland
Aislynn Hayes, Conference USA, Middle Tennessee State
Jada Holland, WAC, Grand Canyon
Elizabeth Kitley, ACC, Virginia Tech
Ila Lane, Big West, UC Santa Barbara
Ayoka Lee, Big 12, Kansas State
Ashley Owusu, Big Ten, Maryland
Kyla McMakin, Big South, Longwood
Kayla Padilla, Ivy League, Penn
Alissa Pili, Pac 12, USC
Maddy Siegrist, Big East, Villanova
Sam Brunelle, ACC, Notre Dame; Zia Cooke, SEC, South Carolina; Leilani Correa, Big East, St. John’s; Abbey Hsu, Ivy League, Columbia; Rickea Jackson, SEC, Mississippi State; Taylor Jones, Pac 12, Oregon State
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