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Kansas State All-American Ayoka Lee to have season-ending surgery

Kansas State v Washington State

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 19: Ayoka Lee #50 of the Kansas State Wildcats shot a free throw against the Washington State Cougars during the second half of the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament held at Reynolds Coliseum on March 19, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - All-American forward Ayoka Lee will undergo knee surgery and miss Kansas State’s upcoming season, though Wildcats coach Jeff Mittie said Thursday she intends to take a medical redshirt and return for one more year.

Lee, who has dealt with lingering knee injuries the past two seasons, set a Division I record by scoring 61 points in a game against Oklahoma on Jan. 23.

She went on to average 22.0 points last season, setting the Kansas State school record, while pulling down 10.3 rebounds per game. The Wildcats reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Lee already ranks ninth in school history with 1,661 points, sixth with 887 rebounds and third with 235 blocks.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Byron, Minnesota, graduated in May with a decree in psychology.

Lee said she plans to work on her graduate degree in couples and family therapy while rehabbing from the surgery. The school didn’t specify which knee.