MANHATTAN, Kan. (Kstatesports.com) Kansas State and TCU went back-and-forth in the second half, but a late turnover in the closing seconds by the Wildcats allowed the Horned Frogs to walk away with a 51-46 win Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum. Freshman Kindred Wesemann led K-State with 13 points.
K-State (11-18, 5-13 Big 12) fell behind early after five quick points by TCU (17-12, 8-10 Big 12). Wesemann however answered back, scoring K-State’s first eight points to give them an 8-7 lead with 12:49 left in the half.
Both teams would trade baskets, as they exchanged the lead nine times in the half. After a Wesemann layup, Leti Romero drained a three-pointer to give the Wildcats their biggest lead at 20-16. K-State would extend that lead to six points on a couple of occasions and head into halftime with a 30-26 advantage.
The Wildcats had a good shooting half, going 12-of-28 (42.9%) from the floor. K-State also out-rebounded the Horned Frogs, 17-12, including seven offensive boards.
The second half was a different story, with both teams struggling to score a basket early. Latricia Lovings knocked down a free throw to score the first point of the half for either team after four minutes of play. Two free-throws brought TCU within one point until a layup from Romero ended the Wildcats scoring drought with 14:38 remaining in the second stanza.
The Horned Frogs would grab the lead after Zahna Medley put in a three-pointer with just over 13 minutes left in the game. After a TCU layup gave the visitors a 46-42 lead, Katya Leick brought K-State back within one with a three-point play.
K-State however would be unable to tie or take the lead, as the team was unable to convert a field goal after Leick’s play. With the scored at 49-46 in TCU’s favor with 13 seconds remaining, Ashlynn Knoll’s three-pointer hit the front of the rim but was rebounded by Romero in the lane. A pass attempt to Wesemann in front of the K-State bench was errant and TCU connected on two free throws for the final deficit.
Romero led K-State with eight rebounds and nine assists while chipping in five points. The Horned Frogs had three players finish in double figures, with Medley leading all scorers with 18 points.
Kansas State will now travel to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships. The Wildcats will face Kansas in the third meeting of the Sunflower Showdown this season on Friday, March 7 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game will be broadcast by FOX College Sports and will tip-off at 6 p.m.