Wildcats Edged by Longhorns
MANHATTAN, Kan. – An early 16-4 run by Kansas State tied the game midway through the second half, but missed opportunities sent the Wildcats to its third straight loss, as they dropped a close 69-63 decision to Texas Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State (9-14, 3-9 Big 12) was led by junior Ashia Woods, who scored a team-high 15 points. Senior Katya Leick joined Woods in double figures with 13 points and a team-high four assists.
The Wildcats had several opportunities late in the second half to take the lead, but costly turnovers and missed shots allowed the Longhorns (17-7, 8-4 Big 12) to put the game away.
It was a back-and-forth affair early in the opening period, with both teams trading baskets. K-State took the lead early, after a lay-up from Woods gave the home team a 6-5 advantage.
The Longhorns responded though with a 10-4 run to take a 16-9 lead with 13:05 left in the first half. Texas would hold the lead for the remainder of the stanza, with the Wildcats never allowing the visitors to build a double-digit lead. Texas went into halftime with a 37-30 lead. Leick had the hot hand early for the Wildcats, scoring 10 points in the half.
Texas stretched their lead to 12 points in the first two and a half minutes of the second half, before K-State used a 13-4 run to tie the game at 49 apiece.
Ashlynn Knoll knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, on her way to scoring eight straight during the run. After a pair of Longhorn layups, Leticia Romero once again tied the game with a pair of free-throws.
K-State however was unable take the lead, as the Longhorns forced the Wildcats into costly turnovers and missed shots. Empress Davenport and Chassidy Fussell scored six points each over the final five and a half minutes, as Texas held on for the win.
The Longhorns had three players finish in double-figures, with Fussell finishing with 15. Points in the paint proved to be the difference maker, as the Longhorns outscored the Wildcats, 36-22.
K-State will have a couple of days to regroup, as they return to action on Saturday to face Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Saturday’s game will mark K-State’s participation in the Play 4Kay initiative, as K-State will hand out a free pink t-shirt to the first 4,000 fans. Saturday’s game will also mark the 10-year anniversary and the reunion of the 2004 Big 12 title team.