Poor Shooting Dooms K-State at Texas on Sunday
AUSTIN, Texas – Kansas State suffered through one of its worst shooting performances of the season on Sunday, as the Wildcats fell to Texas, 67-53, at the Erwin Center. The Wildcats have now lost nine straight road games and have lost its first two Big 12 games for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
K-State (6-7, 0-2 Big 12) endured one of its worst shooting performances for a half this season during the first half on Sunday, as the Wildcats turned in a 4-of-19 (.211) effort from the field. To add to the poor shooting, K-State turned the ball over 14 times, as Texas (10-4, 1-1) held a 36-21 lead at the break.
The Wildcats opened the game by shooting 1-of-16 from the field before closing out the half with a 3-of-3 effort including K-State’s only two made 3-point field goals of the half. K-State was able to remain in the game by shooting 11-of-14 from the free throw line in the opening stanza.
Texas expanded its lead to 21 points early in the second half, 46-25 with 15:18 to play in the game. The Wildcats pieced together a 7-0 run to trail by 14, 46-32, as Ashia Woods and Chantay Caron tallied layups on consecutive possessions, before Haley Texada knocked down a three-pointer in front of the K-State bench with 13:22 to play.
The Longhorns rebuilt the lead to 18, 50-32, with 8:46 to play after a pair of Nneka Enemkpali baskets. The Wildcats did not go away quietly, as they used three-point field goals from Kindred Wesemann and Bri Craig to narrow the game to 52-40 with 6:22 to play.
K-State was led by Leticia Romero with 15 points, six rebounds, a block and a steal. This was the freshman guard’s tenth game this season in double figures and her ninth career game with five or more rebounds. The Wildcats shot .275 (14-of-51) from the field and were 6-of-27 from beyond the three-point line (.222). K-State was 19-of-26 (.731) from the foul line.
Texas was led by Enemkpali with a game-high 18 points. The Longhorns shot .609 from the field for the game, which included 50 points in the paint.
K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday to face No. 11/13 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The game will be available on FCS Central and on the K-State Sports Network. Tickets are available for Wednesday’s game through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling (800) 221-CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com/tickets.