Wildcats fall just short of Memphis in first game of Junkanoo Jam

Freshman center Ayoka Lee looks for an opportunity to drive the basket during K-State’s women’s basketball game against Oral Roberts in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 18, 2019. The Wildcats defeated the Golden Eagles with a final score of 109-69. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The women’s basketball program’s fourth appearance in the Junkanoo Jam began with a 72-68 defeat against Memphis Friday at Gateway Christian Academy.

Kansas State had the lead at halftime 34-32, and extended their lead at the start of the third quarter to 41-32. It ended up not being enough as Memphis finished on top.

Memphis began to inch closer to K-State’s lead and shortened it to 45-41. The Tigers continued their run of unanswered points to 15-0 and took a 56-45 lead.

With 6:32 remaining in the fourth, Memphis held a 64-51 lead, and then K-State got a comeback going. The Wildcats then got to within two points, 67-56 with 1:38 to play, but that is most the Wildcats could muster out of a comeback.

K-State had a solid team offensive performance as four players scored double-figure points. Redshirt freshman Akoya Lee led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points, along with seven rebounds and two blocks.