By: Elizabeth Heath
K-State women’s basketball team came up big against No. 20 Texas, beating the Longhorns 66-57. The Lady Cats have won three in a row and are now looking at a boost in the Big 12 standings. The Cats are 4-6 in the Big 12 and 14-7 overall. Scrappy defending and excellent outside shooting were key factors in the win.
Halftime Thoughts: By the time Texas finally woke up in the first half, Kindred Wesemann was already on fire, with four three pointers in the first half and more to come. The Wildcat’s tough defense forced 11 turnovers, rattling the Longhorn’s offense. Stepping up big for the Longhorns was Imani McGee-Stafford, whose inside game had Texas grasping onto a slim 28-25 lead heading into halftime.
Game-Defining Event: The Longhorns and Wildcats battled back and forth throughout the second half. Texas’ top scorers, Ariel Atkins and Kelsey Lang, put up a strong offense, however the defense didn’t have an answer for Wesemann’s outside shooting. Any shooting struggles Wesemann faced in previous games vanished with her eight 3-point shots and a total contribution of 25 points. Texas was also unable to block Shaelyn Martin, Ashia Woods, and Breanna Lewis from scoring double figures. Ultimately, foul trouble was the biggest downfall for the Longhorns. The Wildcats were in the double bonus with 7:55 still remaining in the game.
Up Next: The Lady Cats will head to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners (14-7, 8-2). The Sooners are ranked second in conference standings and are coming off of a win against Iowa State. Tip off will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th.