Big 12 Basketball

Kansas State’s Ayoka Lee Added to Wade Trophy Watch List

Kansas State center Ayoka Lee was one of seven players added to the 2022 Wade Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s best overall women’s player.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced the additions on Wednesday. Joining the preseason list of 30 Wade Trophy hopefuls are Lee, Lorela Cubaj of Georgia Tech, Destanni Henderson of South Carolina, Mackenzie Holmes of Indiana, Khayla Pointer of LSU, Angel Reese of Maryland, and Jacy Sheldon of Ohio State.

Iowa State’s Ashley Joens and Baylor’s NaLyssa Smith were already on the preseason Wade Award list. Smith won the Wade Trophy last season.


All three are also on the Naismith Award Watch List, which is also given to the nation’s best overall player.

Lee leads the Big 12 and ranks third in the nation in scoring average with 24.7 points and is second in the nation in total points with 569. She also leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.582), blocks (3.2), 30-point games (8) and 20-point games (13). Lee scored a NCAA Division I record 61 points in a win over Oklahoma earlier this season.

Joens and the No. 9 Iowa State Cyclones are off until Saturday, but she is third in the Big 12 in points per game at 19.4 and has scored 20 or more points in nine games this season. She is 44 away from becoming ISU’s all-time leading scorer. She also averages 9.1 rebounds per game and is 40 rebounds away from becoming the fourth player in Iowa State history to reach 1,000 career rebounds.

Smith leads the Big 12 and is fifth in the country with 15 double-doubles. She averages a double-double — 20.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. She’s just one of three players nationally to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and one assist per game. Smith is 10th all-time at Baylor with 1,734 career points and needs 55 rebounds to reach 1,000 for her career.

The WBCA will announce the four finalists for the honor in mid-March. The winner of the 2022 Wade Trophy will be announced in late March or early April.


2022 Wade Trohpy Watch List

(Big 12 Players in Bold)

Shakira Austin, Mississippi

Kierstan Bell, Florida Gulf Coast

Grace Berger, Indiana

Aliyah Boston, South Carolina

Cameron Brink, Stanford

Leigha Brown, Michigan

Paige Bueckers, Connecticut

Rae Burrell, Tennessee

Veronica Burton, Northwestern

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

Nia Clouden, Michigan State

Zia Cooke, South Carolina

Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech

Elissa Cunane, NC State

Monika Czinano, Iowa

Destanni Henderson, South Carolina

Naz Hillmon, Michigan

Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky

Ashley Joens, Iowa State

Haley Jones, Stanford

Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech

Ayoka Lee, Kansas State

Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State

Diamond Miller, Maryland

Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Connecticut

Charisma Osborne, UCLA

Ashley Owusu, Maryland

Ali Patberg, Indiana

Khayla Pointer, LSU

Angel Reese, Maryland

Nyara Sabally, Oregon

Jacy Sheldon, Ohio State

Maddy Siegrist, Villanova

NaLyssa Smith, Baylor

Hailey Van Lith, Louisville

Christyn Williams, Connecticut

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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