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Ayoka Lee leads No. 10 Kansas State previous No. 22 WVU in extra time

MORGANTOWN — Taking part in with two damage ankles, Kansas State’s dominating heart Ayoka Lee nonetheless got here up with a KO in opposition to No. 22 West Virginia inside Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday.

Shuffling out and in of the sport all evening, Lee saved her finest play at clutch time, because the Tenth-ranked Wildcats held off the Mountaineers 73-64 in extra time.

It was WVU guard Jordan Harrison who despatched the sport into extra time with a coast-to-coast drive within the ultimate seconds.

Her left-handed driving lay-up got here on the buzzer to tie the sport at 58.


By that point, Lee, who has missed seven video games this season resulting from accidents, was already trying as if her ankles have been simply high quality.

In simply 26 minutes of motion, the 6-foot-6 star shot 12 of 17 from the sphere and completed with 34 factors and 12 rebounds.

That doesn’t inform the complete story, although. The Mountaineers walked out of the sector a disillusioned bunch realizing they’d a number of alternatives with open lay-ups that fell off the rim and 22 missed 3-pointers that would have made a giant distinction.

In the long run, WVU tried 18 extra photographs than Okay-State, but the Mountaineers have been held to simply 35.2% capturing.

Which brings us again to Lee. It’s what she did within the fourth quarter and the extra time that mattered most in a battle between the 2 groups who entered the sport tied for second within the Large 12 standings.

With WVU (22-4, 11-4 Large 12) main 41-35 after three quarters, Lee got here in off the bench to attain 11 factors within the fourth quarter, whereas additionally blocking a shot and altering a number of others.

She made one free throw — the Wildcats killed themselves by going simply 19 of 31 from the foul line — with 4.3 seconds left in regulation that gave Kansas State a 58-56 lead.

West Virginia’s Kyah Watson inbounded the ball to Harrison, who went quick down the precise facet of the court docket. She drove previous Lee on the foul line after which received to the left facet of the basket to get off a leaning lay-up over Gabby Gregory on the buzzer.

Except for Lauren Fields’ 3-pointer with 3:17 left in extra time that tied the sport at 62, Harrison’s shot was one of many ultimate bullets WVU had in its pistol.

The Mountaineers missed their subsequent 5 photographs with 4 of them approaching lay-up makes an attempt.

Lee had her impact on most of these photographs, and she or he added 10 extra factors in extra time to seal the deal.

WVU shot simply 2 for 9 and in addition had two essential turnovers within the extra time. WVU guard J.J. Quinerly, too, had a tricky evening capturing. She did rating 23 factors however made simply 9 of 24 photographs. Quinerly fouled out with 24 seconds left in extra time.

Okay-State (23-4, 12-3) remained in second place within the Large 12 and continues to be tied there with Texas, as each colleges are only one sport behind Oklahoma within the league standings with three video games remaining within the common season.

West Virginia fell to fourth place and would want a serious meltdown from Oklahoma, Texas and Okay-State on the finish of the season to get again into rivalry for the Large 12 title.