K-State’s Lee among top 10 nominees for 2022 Lisa Leslie Award

MANHATTAN, Kansas – K-State Junior Center Ayoka Lee was named a top 10 nominee for the 2022 Lisa Leslie Award, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). This is the second consecutive season that Lee has been named one of the top 10 nominees for the Lisa Leslie Award.

The Lisa Leslie Award is named after the three-time All-American, 1994 National Player of the Year and 2015 Hall of Famer.

College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in fan voting presented by Dell Technologies at hoophallawards.com. At the end of February, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Leslie and the Hall of Fame selection committee where a winner will be selected.

The 2022 Lisa Leslie Center Prize winner will be featured on a date to be determined, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Other awards given include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, and Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.

Lee is a contender for all women’s basketball honors nationwide as she is on the midseason squad for the 2022 Mike’s Naismith Jersey Trophy watch list, the top 15 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year. 2022, a 2022 Wooden Award season-ending watchlist. member and the 2022 Wade Trophy Watch List.

For the season, Lee leads the Big 12 and ranks third in the nation in points average (24.0 points per game), leads the Big 12 and is second in the nation in total points (577) and leads the nation in number of goals scored (238) . She is second in the Big 12 in rebounding average (10.3 rpg).

The Byron, Minnesota product leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.578) and blocks (3.2 bpg). She also leads the Big 12 in 30-point games (8) and is second in the league and 11th nationally in double-doubles (14).

Ann Meyers Drysdale, a two-time National Player of the Week recipient from the Basketball Writers Association of the United States (USBWA), Lee’s 577 points and 238 goals scored are new career highs in a single season. She is the second player in program history with 500 or more points, 225 or more rebounds and 70 or more blocks.

Lee, a four-time Big 12 Player of the Week selection and three-time ESPN.com National Player of the Week, is second in the Big 12 in rebounding (10.3 rpg) and eighth in free throw percentage (.765).

Lee is the only player in the nation to average 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and 3 or more blocks.

In the league, Lee leads the Big 12 in points (24.3 ppg), field goal percentage (.585) and rebounds (9.4 rpg). She is third in the league in blocked shots (2.4 bpg).

K-State will wrap up its two-game road trip on Saturday night, as the Wildcats travel to Kansas for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown at 6 p.m. Saturday’s game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com and the K-State Sports app.

Lisa Leslie Award 2021-22 Top-10
Queen Egbo, Baylor

Ayoka LeeKansas State
Elissa Cunane, State of North Carolina
Jenna Staiti, Georgia
Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana
Monika Czinano, Iowa
Shakira AustinOle Miss
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
Tamari Key, Tennessee
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech


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