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Alone in history but not in pink: Ja'Mee Asberry impresses again

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Ja'Mee Asberry dribbles during Oklahoma State's game against Kansas State inside Gallagher-Iba Arena on Feb. 17, 2021. Photo Courtesy: Chloe Hatfield

Ja’Mee Asberry wasn’t the only one with pink shoes on.

Normally, the Cowgirl point guard is the lone player on the court who wears bright pink shoes when playing basketball, but that changed Wednesday afternoon when Oklahoma State beat Kansas State 59-46 in the Play For Kay game.

The game is meant to honor women who are fighting breast cancer. Everything was pink, from the electronic scoreboard, to players’ headbands to their shoes.

“Yeah, (wearing pink shoes) is my thing, I felt like (the other players) were trying to be like me,” Asberry said. “One of my best friend’s mom had breast cancer. It kind of meant a lot to me and I wear her name on my shoes.”

The Cowgirls (16-6, 12-4) weren’t at their best in the game that was moved up to the mid-afternoon due to inclement weather. They only shot 38% from the field and turned the ball over 17 times.

“I didn’t think we were as good as we can be or should be,” OSU coach Jim Littell said, “but sometimes, through the course of the year, there are games like that and the ones you find a way to win and you didn’t play your best that kind of determines your year.”

OSU’s defense played a huge part in them being able to win an ugly game.

Prior to KSU’s Jada Moore converting a layup with under a minute remaining in the game, it had only one player who had scored more than one time from the field.

Fortunately for KSU (6-13,1-11), the one player who gave the Cowgirls problems was unanimous All Big 12 First Team selection Ayoka Lee. Lee had 27 of KSU’s 46 points.

“Ayoka Lee is tough, she’s got good feet, good hands, coach Mitte has a good scheme to get her the ball and she played well. She’s been scoring a lot of points lately,” Littell said.

The Cowgirl win was a monumental one for the program. It was their 12th Big 12 conference win, a mark previously unmatched by any team in Cowgirl basketball history.

“It kind of feels good that we set the record. We made history, now the next teams will try to beat us,” Asberry said.