PREVIEW: Women’s basketball team gets another Top 25 test on Monday

K-State sophomore center Ayoka Lee battles for the ball in the Wildcat's 74-57 victory over Kansas City last week. (Photo courtesy of Scott Weaver)

After suffering a 91-69 loss against the Iowa State Cyclones (5-3) in its Big 12 Conference opener on Friday night, the women’s basketball team (5-3) looks to bounce back as they host the No. 22 ranked Texas Longhorns (5-1) at 7 p.m. on Monday inside Bramlage Coliseum.

After a strong three-game winning streak to enter conference play, Kansas State didn’t put up much of a fight in their conference opener against the Cyclones. Iowa State dominated in all phases of the game in the third and fourth quarter to hand the Wildcats a conference loss.

Texas has yet to play in a conference game this season because its scheduled matchup with Kansas was canceled for COVID-19 problems. The Longhorns still hold an impressive 5-1 record in non-conference play with their only loss coming at the hands of No. 12 Texas A&M.

K-State has been successful in bouncing back after losses this season, as the team has not lost back-to-back games. One of those bounce-back victories was the last Top 25 opponent the Wildcats played in No. 22 South Dakota State. K-State took down the Jackrabbits 62-53.

K-State’s leading scorer sophomore center Ayoka Lee averages 18.2 points per game this season. Lee comes off another strong performance against Iowa State, scoring 20 points in the loss to the Cyclones.

Lee has her hands full on Monday as she faces off against Texas’ 6-foot-5 junior forward Charli Collier. Collier is an All-Big 12 first-team selection who averages 23.7 points per game. Lee holds the height advantage at 6-foot-6, but Collier will without a doubt make a fun matchup to watch at the center position.

K-State has shown it can shoot from the perimeter quite well this season, but the offense runs through Lee. Most of the perimeter success has come from Lee dominating in the paint, making her a critical component for a Wildcat victory.

K-State’s defense has its hand full as Texas’s offense comes off of a hot performance when it defeated Drake 101-80. The Longhorns are no stranger to triple-digit scoring this year, getting past the century mark one other time this season in a 106-69 victory over North Texas in their second game of the season.

Monday night’s game between the Longhorns and Wildcats tips off at 7 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the K-State Sports Network.