Lee, a 2022 All-America candidate, tied her own school record for consecutive doubles with her sixth in a row recording a career-high 22 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks, including five in the fourth quarter. It was his fourth career game with seven or more blocks and tied for second in program history.
“I think a great thing was definitely to be smart,” Lee said of her efforts to block the shots. “I don’t think I was playing defense looking for those blocks. I think it was just one of those things that came from playing with my hands up.”
The first-year goaltender provided a big boost to the Wildcats in the fourth quarter. Brylee glenn. The Kansas City, Missouri product recorded 13 of his career-high 15 points in the fourth quarter.
“I can’t say what was really going through my mind, nothing was really going through my mind,” Glenn said of his dynamic fourth quarterback. “I think after being fouled on the three-point pointer and then seeing the ball go through the basket a few times for me, I think it kind of built on my confidence. And then we didn’t. ‘didn’t have a lot of threes, it just wasn’t an option for us during the game. So I knew I had to be more aggressive and I think that’s when it came into play . “
K-State (7-1) led by 17, 53-36, entering the final frame, but NDSU (2-4) reduced the lead to 11, 55-44, following the first and only 3 points of the night of the Bison with 7:24 remaining. K-State Head Coach Jeff Mittie wanted to see his team respond to the late North Dakota state push and was happy with the results.
“I was just a little curious how we would react. I think when they were the aggressive team they were successful. When we were the aggressive team on both sides they weren’t successful. . I thought we had lost that aggression in that stretch. I think Brylee (Glenn) gave us a big push to get it back. And so I thought our response to that was good. of a season you’re going to have to answer it and we’re going to have to learn, if a team warms up, don’t let it be a 10 point run, turn it into a six point run. The other teams have good players and so they’re going to have game streams where they’re playing really well. We can’t contribute to that and I thought we had contributed to that in this streak. But I liked our response. ”
Glenn would then score nine of K-State’s next 11 points and push the Wildcats to a 20-point lead, 66-46, with five minutes remaining. Glenn scored his points from the foul line, transitioning over layups and beyond the arc.
K-State would increase their advantage to 26, 78-52, with 1:53 remaining on a Jaelyn Glenn to three points before the NDSU used late free throws to reduce the final margin to 21.
The Wildcats finished the night shooting 41.9% (26 of 62) from the field and 4 of 11 (0.364) at 3 points. K-State have been excellent from the foul line, posting a season record 22 of 25 (0.880). The state of North Dakota was held 34.5% (20 of 58) from the land and 1 in 9 beyond the arc.
With Monday night’s win, K-State tied their home winning tally of the 2020-21 season and have now won 10 of their last 11 home games.
K-State will start December with the 2021 Big 12 / SEC Challenge and travel to the top-ranked South Carolina on Friday, December 3 for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff. The Wildcats will play their next three road games.
Friday’s game can be seen on SEC Network Plus and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com and the K-State Sports app.
What they said
JEFF MITTIE, HEAD COACH
“Well I think our team did some good things tonight. They had a few shooters coming in extremely hot and we focused on that. And we put a big emphasis on (Heaven) Hamling and us. put a big emphasis on (Ryan) Cobbins and both are really talented players but we didn’t want them to get hot from 3. They got extremely hot so right away the focus was on line, make it uncomfortable, they can’t hit their first hit of the night. We have to get them to go the other way around. I think in doing this we have given up some discs that we need to clean up but in the ‘Overall the team were really good with the scout and really, really locked down defensively. I thought in the second quarter they were more physical than us. There was a stretch where I didn’t like us. I didn’t think so. not that we were up to their physique ique but I think we fixed that and we ended the quarter really well and came in at halftime with what I thought was a pretty good pace of wha what they were doing and what we wanted to do. “
On his message to the team when the State of North Dakota closed the gap …
“Well I was just a little curious how we would react. I think when they were the aggressive team they were successful. When we were the aggressive team on both sides they weren’t was successful. I thought we lost that aggression in that stretch. I think Brylee (Glenn) gave us a big push to get it back. And so I thought our response to that was good. of a season you’re going to have to answer it and we’re going to have to learn, if a team warms up, don’t let it be a 10 point run, turn it into a six point run. The other teams have good players and so they’re going to have game streams where they’re playing really well. We can’t contribute to that and I thought we contributed to that in this stretch. But I liked our response. “
On the struggles in the first few minutes …
“Yoki (Ayoka lee) just didn’t have a great feel at the start of the game. We were throwing the ball where we wanted it. I didn’t really say anything other than keep doing what we’re doing, we get the ball where we want. I like our attack, let’s stay aggressive. I wanted us to have a better attack tonight after our last game. So I still think we’re a work in progress there. We don’t flow as well. But we were getting the ball exactly where we wanted it at the start of this game, the shots just weren’t falling. That’s another thing that’s going to happen. So if nothing goes wrong, what teams tend to do is they start to panic and start doing different things. We didn’t need to do anything else. We just needed to keep doing what we were doing. We know that shots will fall. The defensive end is where I felt we started the game and that’s where I think it really gave us a boost. ”
On the team’s defense …
“I think all of our players are committed at this end of the pitch. I think we have a few flaws that we have to cover. The only thing I like about this team is that they don’t pose a lot of questions and I don’t mean that the wrong way. What I mean is they just trust the information we give them and when they have a question that’s a really smart question. Some teams ask eight million questions and they just make excuses This is where I go: “Just do the job, okay, find out.” But this team doesn’t. I thought tonight, they were as good as they’ve been in terms of recruiting, and they’ve been pretty good. I’ve been happy with the preparation for most of our games. So I think this team has a chance of to be a good defensive team. I think we have to make sure that we cover our flaws. They depended on us. Assés tonight, it is a problem that this team has overtaken us. We ‘We have to correct that. We gave them too many more chances and then we made them more fouls than we wanted. So those are the two areas we need to correct here. “
AYOKA LEE, JUNIOR CENTER
On his double-double and blocking eight shots …
“I think a great thing was definitely to be smart. I don’t think I was playing defense looking for those blocks. I think it was just one of those things that came from playing with my hands. lifted. “
On the teamwork so far this season …
“Yeah, I think it’s just us all going out and making that collective effort and knowing my teammates like Bry (Brylee glenn), I know she’s going to lock herself up. And that’s something that we can build momentum out of and play on. So I think continuing to do that has been really good and it’s been really fun being on that side. “
BRYLEE GLENN, GUARD FRESHMAN
By scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter …
“I can’t say what was really going through my mind, nothing was really going through my mind. I think after being fouled on the three point pointer and then just seeing the ball go through the basket multiple times for me, I think it kind of built on my confidence. And then we didn’t have a lot of threes, it just wasn’t an option for us during the game. So I knew I had to be more aggressive and I think that’s when that comes into play. “
In defense tonight …
“I just think we just come together in defense, like it doesn’t matter. For example, if we score well in attack, or sometimes when we don’t score well in attack, we place a lot of importance on defense. And that was kind of like when they were shopping and they came to one, we’d be just like we only needed one stop. And then one stop turns into two and three , and we’ve been emphasizing that throughout our time. As in practice, Coach Mittie always says it, Coach O. [Ostermann], and I think we’re doing a really good job of trying to do that. And I think that’s why we’ve been doing so well in defense because we have these thoughts and we are committed to stopping the ball, which also makes the attack easier. ”