From K-State Athletics
MANHATTAN, Kansas – K-State senior center Ayoka Lee continues to add to her trophy case, as she has been named a candidate for the 2024 Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Watch List presented by AXIA Time. This is the second time in Lee’s career that she has been named a candidate for this award.
The two-time USBWA/Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week recipient this season, Lee has had a strong 2023-24 as she is averaging 19.8 points on a career-best .677 field goal percentage, 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots. She ranks second in the nation and leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage. Lee is fourth in the Big 12 in scoring average and leads the league and is ninth in the nation for blocks per game.
Lee, a Lisa Leslie Award Top 10 finalist, has recorded nine games this season with 20 or more points including her second career 20-20 double-double with 24 points, 21 rebounds and five blocked shots against Oral Roberts.
This season, Lee has led the Big 12’s top defense with 14 games of two or more blocked shots including a season-high seven at UCF on Jan. 6. She has also collected two or more steals in four games.
In her career, Lee ranks fourth in school history for points scored with 2,017, second for rebounds with 1,034, the school record holder for career blocks with 284 and owns the school record for career double-doubles with 55.