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AMES, Iowa (KStateSports.com) – (7/6) K-State rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and then sent the game into a second overtime with a buzzer beater from Ayoka Lee, but Iowa State pulled off the upset on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum with a 96-93 double overtime win.

BOX SCORE

K-State had five players reach double figures on Wednesday and were led by the return of All-American center Ayoka Lee with 20 points, seven blocks and six rebounds.

Junior guard and All-American candidate Serena Sundell recorded 20 points, seven assists and three rebounds. This was Sundell’s 11th straight game in double figures.

Junior guard Brylee Glenn with a game-high 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Senior guard Gabby Gregory tallied 13 points, five rebounds and three assists, while redshirt sophomore Gisela Sanchez came off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds.

Iowa State was led by freshmen combination of Audi Crooks and Addy Brown with 20 points each.

HOW IT HAPPENED
– Iowa State (14-9, 7-5) would hold a 39-26 lead at halftime, as K-State (21-4, 10-3 Big 12) shot 4-of-19 (.211) from the field in the second stanza.
– The Wildcats charged out of the locker room at halftime and pulled to within three, 46-43, with a 17-7 run capped by a Jaelyn Glenn three-pointer with 5:37 remaining and forced an Iowa State timeout. The Wildcats would win the third frame, 24-15.
– K-State took its first lead since early in the first quarter, as Sanchez connected on her second 3-pointer of the game with 6:46 to play in the fourth quarter, 59-58. After a Cyclone three-pointer, Sundell answered with her first 3-pointer of the night to push the Wildcats back in front, 62-61, with 6:03 left in the frame.
– A pair of Sundell layups with under three minutes to play staked the Wildcats to a three-point lead, 70-67 with 1:59 left in the fourth. The Cyclones would square the game with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter on two Brown free throws. A last second attempt from K-State couldn’t find the basket and the teams went into the first overtime tied at 72.
– In the first overtime, K-State held a 78-76 lead with 1:25 remaining on a hook shot by Lee. Iowa State was provided four free throws on its next two possessions to take an 80-78 lead with eight seconds left.
– With one second remaining, Lee was passed the ball from Sundell and her baseline hook shot from 10 feet found nothing but net to send the game into a second overtime.
– Sundell gave K-State an 87-86 lead with 1:23 remaining in the second extra session, but the Cyclones were again sent to the line for four attempts in their next two possessions and took a 90-87 lead. K-State extended the game with layups but were unable to knock down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to a third overtime.
– K-State shot 43.6 percent (34-of-78) from the field, including 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from 3-point range. The Wildcats shot 85.0 percent (17-of-20) from the foul line.
– Iowa State shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) but were held under 40 percent in the second half and the two overtime sessions. The Cyclones finished the night shooting 86.1 percent (31-of-36) from the charity stripe.

QUICK FACTS
– K-State leads the series, 54-48. The Wildcats are 18-28 in games played in Ames against the Cyclones. Head coach Jeff Mittie is 8-18 in his career against Iowa State.
– The Wildcats are 229-240 (.488) in Big 12 games.
– Head coach Jeff Mittie owns a career record of 639-366 (.636) in 32 seasons as a head coach and is 185-131 (.585) during his 10-seasons at K-State.
– K-State owns a record of 243-91 (.728) as an AP ranked team. K-State is 14-5 (.737) all-time when ranked 7th in the nation.
– The Wildcats are 3-6 all-time in double overtime games.

TEAM NOTES
– K-State’s starting five consisted of guards: Jaelyn GlennSerena SundellBrylee GlennGabby Gregory and center Ayoka Lee. This was the 19th time this starting five has been used this season. This was the 106th career start for Lee, the 103rd collegiate career start and the 57th start at K-State for Gregory, the 94th career start for Sundell, the 90th career start for Jaelyn Glenn and the 84th career start for Brylee Glenn.
– The Wildcats tallied a 40-34 advantage in points in the paint. This was K-State’s 19th game with 30 or more points in the paint.

PLAYER NOTES
– Lee recorded her 97th career game with 10 or more points and her 46th career game with 20 or more points. Lee has scored in every game of her career (106 games). Lee’s career total stands at 2,037 and ranks fourth in school history.
– Lee hauled in six rebounds on Wednesday. Lee’s career total for rebounds stands at 1,040, second in school history. She needs 48 rebounds to pass Kendra Wecker (2001-05; 1,087) for the school record for career rebounds. This was Lee’s 97th career game with five or more rebounds.
– Lee improved her career blocked shot total to 290, improving her school record for career blocked shots. This was Lee’s 77th career game with two or more blocked shots, her 29th career game with four or more blocks and her sixth career game and second this season with seven or more blocks. Lee ranks eighth all-time in Big 12 history for career blocked shots.
– Sundell notched her 63rd career game with 10 or more points, including her 18th this season. This was her 15th career game with 20 or more points. Sundell owns 1,152 career points and tied with Marsha Poppe (1973-77; 1,152), for 30th on the K-State career scoring list.
– Sundell’s seven assists improved her career total to 494. This marked her 59th career game and the 17th this season with five or more assists.
– Gregory registered her 80th career game, her 39th at K-State and her 10th this season with 10 or more points.
– Brylee Glenn notched her 33rd career game and her sixth this season with 10 or more points.
– Sanchez reached double figures for the seventh time in her career and the sixth time this season.
– Sanchez made two 3-pointers, a new career-high. This was her fifth career game with two or more connections from long range.
– Sanchez secured six rebounds on Wednesday. This was her 12th career game with five or more rebounds.

UP NEXT
K-State begins a two-game home stand on Saturday, as the Wildcats host UCF on Saturday at 4 p.m. Saturday is K-State’s annual pink game, as the first 3,000 fans will receive a free K-State women’s basketball pink t-shirt.

Saturday’s game can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network.

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