ANALYSIS: Carr, Lee and Williams lead women’s basketball to victory over KU

Sophomore guard Christinna Carr charges the basket during the women’s basketball game against Oklahoma in Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 25, 2020. The Wildcats beat the Sooners 94-72. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The women’s basketball team defeated in-state rival Kansas Wednesday evening 69-61 behind strong performances from sophomore guard Christianna Carr, redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee and senior forward Peyton Williams.

In Carr’s 31 minutes of play, she did most of her scoring in the third quarter and had a game-high of 20 points. Lee and Williams both followed behind her with 17 points of their own.

The first half — especially the first quarter — wasn’t very productive on the offensive end for either team. At the end of the first quarter, the Jayhawks held a 9-8 lead. At halftime, the Wildcats led 24-22 in Lawrence.

The second half was a completely different story.

The Wildcats started sinking three-pointers, making their first five of their of seven in the first six minutes of the third quarter, taking a 43-37 lead. The opening run in the third quarter was a team effort fronted by three three-pointers from Carr.

Carr wasn’t done yet. As the third quarter continued after the media timeout, she buried another three-pointer to make it a 46-37 lead.

The Jayhawks kept the game interesting, making a comeback to close the third quarter with a 48-45 Wildcat lead.

Lee came out strong for Kansas State in the fourth quarter, scoring five straight points to keep the Wildcats in front.

Kansas cut the lead to 55-52 with 4:41 remaining, but that is all they were able to do. K-State kept possession of the lead to win the game.

In all, K-State got to the line 21 times, making 17 free throws.

K-State got to the line 21 times and made 17 free throws. Lee and Williams both ended the night with double-doubles of 12 and 13 boards, respectively.

With the win, the Wildcats improved their overall record to 9-9 and their conference record to 3-4. They also improved the series lead over the Jayhawks to 75-47, winning 34 of the last 41 matchups against Kansas.