MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Kansas State used a run midway through the first half to capture the lead on No. 17/20 West Virginia, but a combination of a Mountaineer scoring surge and K-State turnovers sent the Wildcats to a 84-44 loss on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
K-State (9-13, 3-8 Big 12) was led by freshmen Leticia Romero and Breanna Lewis. Romero tallied 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Romero has scored in double figures in 17 games this season.
Lewis registered 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and three steals. This was the Milwaukee, Wis., product’s third game in double figures for points and her ninth game with five or more rebounds. This was her 10th career game with two or more blocks.
West Virginia (20-3, 9-2 Big 12) jumped out to a 14-4 lead to open the game. An Asya Bussie layup with 14:40 remaining forced K-State to call its first timeout of the half to regroup.
The message was received, as K-State answered with a 15-3 run over the next six and a half minutes to take a 19-17 lead. The run started and ended with three-point field goals, as Kindred Wesemann tallied a three with 14:30 to play while Katya Leick capped it with a three at 7:48. Romero carded five points during the run.
The Mountaineers were able to lock down the Wildcats for the remainder of the half, ending the opening stanza by outscoring K-State 26-5. The rally was bolstered by the shooting of Bria Holmes, who carded three straight 3-pointers in the final 1:35 of the half and 11 points during the stretch.
West Virginia shot .556 from the field, including 8-of-13 (.615) from beyond the arc. K-State shot .300 from the floor, but turned the ball over eight times resulting in 10 West Virginia points.
The Mountaineers outscored the Wildcats, 41-20, in the second half to cruise to the win. West Virginia was led by sophomore Bria Holmes with a career-high 31 points. Christal Caldwell chipped in with 17 points.
For the game, K-State shot .267 while the Mountaineers registered a .566 field goal percentage. The Wildcats turned the ball over 19 times, which resulted in 25 points for West Virginia.