Women’s basketball looks to kick start the back-half of season against Texas Tech

Then-freshman center Ayoka Lee looks for an open play during K-State’s women’s basketball team’s Play 4 Kay Pink Game to promote cancer awareness. K-State played against TCU in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 19, 2020. The Horned Frogs defeated the Wildcats 54-52. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

After a loss to Oklahoma, the Kansas State women’s basketball team is looking to kick-start the back-end of its season. The team will get the chance against Texas Tech on Wednesday.

One bright spot coming out of the loss to the Sooners was the Wildcats’ standout sophomore center Ayoka Lee, who tallied a Big 12 Conference record 37 points in the match-up.

On the season, Lee is averaging a team-high 17.7 points-per-game, 8.8 rebounds-per-game and 1.8 blocks-per-game. The sophomore has already emerged as a team leader in only her sophomore season at K-State.

Junior Christianna Carr is also playing some of the best ball of her career, but will likely need to step up down the stretch of this season. She currently is scoring 14.4 points-per-game, 4.5 rebounds-per-game, both second behind Lee. She is leading the team, hitting 40 percent of her 3-point shots.

Head coach Jeff Mittie wants to see more contribution outside of those two players.

“We’ve got to find a third scorer and we’ve got to find a fourth scorer and that is just something that we have not had in our previous two games,” Mittie said after the 80-78 loss to the Sooners.

The Wildcats are currently on a seven-game losing streak and currently sit last in the Big 12 standings at 0-7, after being picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll. The team is just 5-9 overall.

Texas Tech is led by senior Vivian Gray who is scoring 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She also leads the team in steals (20).

Additionally, Senior Lexi Gordon is playing well for the Red Raiders averaging 16 points-per-game.

The Red Raiders are also looking to get their season on the back side of their schedule, as they have lost seven of their last nine games.

Texas Tech currently sits seventh in the Big 12 standings at 3-8. They are 8-9 overall throughout their season so far.

Tip-off for the game in Lubbock, Texas, is set for 6 p.m. It will be broadcasted on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with radio coverage through the K-State Sports Network.