K-State fans rejoice because someone is playing good basketball in Manhattan, Kansas. After a rough loss versus Idaho State just a few short days ago, the Kansas State women were rejoined by star sophomore center Ayoka Lee and triumphed in a wire-to-wire 62-53 upset of the No. 21 South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
The win was the first top-25 win for the Lady Cats since their 2019 win over No. 15 Texas. Lee led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds, nearly a double-double, followed by double-digit efforts from junior Christianna Carr (12) and junior Rachel Ranke (10).
Lee’s return to the team cannot be understated. The sophomore’s presence is vital to the team’s success on both ends of the ball and while they weren’t perfect Thursday night, Lee’s boost helped take down a South Dakota State team that had two previous top-20 wins coming into the game. K-State Sports Extra’s Austin Siegel wrote a short piece on Lee’s return and what it meant to the team Thursday night and I’d encourage you to check it out.
The Lady Cats will attempt to make it two-in-a-row on Saturday versus Omaha at 1 p.m. on ESPN+/Big 12 Now
It’s going to be rather hard to move on from probably the worst moment in K-State basketball that most of us have seen in our lifetime. A win tonight over Milwaukee would be a step in the right direction though and honestly, tonight is a must-win because after this, Big 12 play starts and there isn’t one league game that I’m confident this team can pull off.
The game is the first of the season for the Panthers this season after having their opening two contests canceled. A win over Milwaukee won’t change much but a loss would continue the downward freefall this program is in. The bleeding must stop tonight if there’s any chance for Bruce Weber to heal this season.
The game tips at 7:01 p.m. (weirdly not 7) on ESPN+/Big 12 Now.
Track and Field
Sophomore Donovan Turner won the 60-meter hurdles last weekend at the K-State Winter Invite to kick-off the Indoor Track and Field season. Turner sat down with Siegel at K-State Sports Extra for a quick Q&A.