K-State Downs KU in Sunflower Showdown

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K-State used a hot third quarter from Christianna Carr and double-double performances from Ayoka Lee and Peyton Williams to capture the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, 69-61, over Kansas.

K-State secured the 75th win in the series and holds an overall record against Kansas of 75-47. The Wildcats have won 34 of the last 41 meetings in the series with the Jayhawks.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, as K-State (9-9, 3-4 Big 12) held a 24-22 lead. The Wildcats caught fire from 3-point range going 5-of-7 in the first six minutes to build a 43-37 lead. Carr connected on three, while Angela Harris and Williams added one each.

After the media timeout, Carr buried her fourth 3-pointer of the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 46-37 lead. Carr’s four 3-pointers tied the school record for 3-point field goals made in a third quarter.

Kansas would close the deficit to three, 48-45, at the conclusion of the third stanza by using an 8-2 run.

To begin the fourth quarter, Ayoka Lee scored five straight points for the Wildcats and keep K-State in front, 55-50, with 5:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. Kansas (12-7, 1-7) would pull to within one possession, 55-52, with 4:41 remaining.

K-State’s defense would lock down the Jayhawks in the final four minutes, as the Wildcats outscored Kansas, 14-9, to secure the victory.

K-State was led by Carr’s game-high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting including a 4-of-9 effort from beyond the arc. This was her fourth 20-point game of the season and her first in Big 12 action this season.

Lee added to her double-double tally with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate has 10 double-doubles this season, which are the most by a K-State freshman since Kendra Wecker set the freshman record at 12 in the 2001-02 season.

For the sixth time this season, Williams joined Lee with a double-double as she carded 17 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. The product of Topeka, Kansas, tallied her 30th career double-double and is the third player in program history with 30 or more career double-doubles.

The Wildcats shot 37.1 percent (23-of-62) for the night, including a 6-of-14 effort from 3-point range. The Jayhawks were held to a 33.3 percent performance (24-of-72).

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