Kansas State women's basketball adds the AAC player of the year via transfer portal

MANHATTAN — If getting center Ayoka Lee to return for another season was his biggest recruiting coup, Kansas State women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie's latest addition to the Wildcat roster is a close second.

K-State added some significant scoring punch to its lineup Sunday with a commitment from Tulsa transfer Temira Poindexter, the American Athletic Conference player of the year.

Poindexter, a 6-foot-1 forward from Sapulpa, Oklahoma, averaged 21 points and 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots this past season in helping lead the Golden Hurricane to a 25-10 record and the quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball Invitation Tournament. She also made 85 3-pointers.

In her three years at Tulsa, which included 87 starts in 93 games, Poindexter averaged 16.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Poindexter is the second transfer pickup for K-State, which earlier landed 6-3 Missouri State forward Kennedy Taylor. Taylor, the Missouri Valley Conference sixth player of the year, averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds.

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Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie talks to players during a Jan. 31 game against Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Arena in Norman, Okla.
Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie talks to players during a Jan. 31 game against Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Arena in Norman, Okla.

With Lee deciding to return for a fifth season granted by the NCAA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, K-State brings back eight of its top nine scorers from a team that went 26-8, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished No. 18 in the final national coaches poll. That includes first team all-conference selections Lee and point guard Serena Sundell, along with three-year starters Jaelyn and Brylee Glenn.

The Wildcats lost one starter in super-senior guard Gabby Gregory, who averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Reserve forward Heavenly Greer and guard Ja'Mia Harris also left via the transfer portal.

Poindexter should provide a nice scoring complement to Lee, who averaged 19.7 points and 8.6 rebounds, and Sundell, who added 12.1 points and 5.6 assists per game.

Arne Green is based in Salina and covers Kansas State University sports for the Gannett network. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @arnegreen.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas State women's basketball lands AAC player of the year