The Kansas State University Lady Cats fell to the NO. 9 Texas Tech Raiders, 74-68. Top performers in the game were Breanna Lewis from KSU and Rayven Brooks from TTU. Lewis ended the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Brooks came out with 26 points, 5 assists, and 1 steal. KSU, with a field goal average of 40%, struggled to keep up with Texas. This loss leaves the Cats at 15-9, which now places them at NO. 6 in the Big 12.
Halftime Thoughts: The game started off slow but picked up with 10 minutes left in first half. With Texas Tech in full court defense it was difficult for the Lady Cats to drive in. Pressuring KSU was Texas Techs’ key to win this game. Freshman Shaelyn Martin fought with all of her energy and effort, earning herself two charges. To win this game the Lady Cats needed to start making shots, keep up the momentum, and play as a team.
Game-Defining Event: At 1:20 left in the second half, a crucial call was made for KSU after the ball went off court. The referees had to decide who would have the ball. Luckily, the referees ruled in the Lady Cats favor. With this call, KSU was able to make a clean play and add two more points on the board. The shot was taken by Haley Texada, making the score 61-60.
Up Next: On Wednesday, February 18, the Cats will travel to Austin, Texas to face the NO. 7 Lady Longhorns. The Cats recently played Texas at Bramlage Coliseum and came out with a 66-57 win. Currently the Lady Longhorns are 16-8 for the season. The key to winning will be to put more points in the paint, fast break, and have little to no turnovers. Tip off is a 7 PM.
The Cats snap a 5 game losing streak in a nail biting 59-56 win versus the No.17 Sooners of Oklahoma. Marcus Foster, with yet another game winning three, most likely gave Sooner fans a little Déjà vu of K-State’s recent win in Norman. Foster led the Cats in scoring at 14 points followed by Nino Williams with 13 points and 8 Rebounds. The Cats now stand at an even 13-13 record.
Halftime Thoughts: The first half was a free throw battle. OU kept the lead throughout almost the whole half; the Cats were able to get to a 1-point deficit at the half. Wesley Iwundu hit a nice 3-pointer at the end of the half to get the crowd riled up and give the Cats some momentum to end the half.
Player of the Game: Foster’s 14 points and game-winning three led the Wildcats to defeating the Sooners. It is very impressive for him to bounce back after suspension to play a great game like this.
Game-Defining Event: Well, folks, I’ll say it again, the game-defining event was Foster’s game winning 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds to play in regulation. The crowd went absolutely berserk. If not for this shot, the game could have gone into overtime.
Up Next: The Cats travel to Forth Worth to face the TCU Horned Frogs on February 18th at 7:00 PM. The Horned Frogs have a 15-10 overall record and a 2-10 record in the Big 12. The Cats were able to win the last match up in Manhattan, but can they do it again on the 18th in Forth Worth?
93 to 79 leaves the TCU Frogs in a loss making it the 13th win for the Lady Wildcats in Bramlage Coliseum. Cats leading scorer was Breanna Lewis with 28 points and Zahna Medley was the leading scorer for the Horned Frogs with 21 points.
Halftime Thoughts: It was a good half for the Wildcats, leading the game in points and rebounds. K-State came to play and win, with field goals at 66 percent and 57 percent in three-pointers. Sophomore Breanna Lewis showed her strength, not only in putting points on the board but also with rebounds. She will need to keep this going to grab another win in Bramlage. TCU had a fast defense and Medley’s 15 points on their side, but K-State managed to keep up with them. Defensively, the Cats have done a clean job of picking up with TCU but needed to shut them out.
Player(s) of the Game: Lewis achieved a career high of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Lewis was ranked eighth last year in overall players in the league and is living up to her expectations. Averaging 11.2 points per game, Ashia Woods is the next star player tonight with 21 points and a career-high of 9 assists. This duo was an asset that lead to 49 points combined and a win against TCU.
Game-Defining Event: As the first half came to a close, Junior Deborah Meeks wasn’t about to leave the half speechless. With only one second left on the clock she hit a three pointer, leaving the Wildcats with a half-time lead of 48-33.
Up Next: Next up for The Cats is a face off against the Texas Tech Raiders. Although the Raiders are in an away game losing streak, they did just defeat Iowa State, 71-58. If the Lady Cats can keep up their defense and shoot like they did against TCU, then this could result in another win for The Cats. Tipoff is at 1 pm Sunday, February 15.
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