January 29, 2023

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Wildcats unable to mount comeback in opposition to West Virginia

Junior Taylor Lauterbach fights for place whereas on protection in opposition to UMKC. The wildcats defeated UMKC 72-45 on Dec. seventh. (Archive picture by Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State ladies’s basketball falls to 12-4 (1-2) on the season with a 77-70 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Wildcats trimmed a big deficit however finally fell wanting a come-from-behind win. 

The primary quarter was pretty even, with West Virginia’s defensive strain giving them the slight fringe of 19-15. Ankle accidents to sophomore guards Serena Sundell and Brylee Glenn highlighted the opening minutes. 

Within the second quarter, the Mountaineers led by as many as 9 and pulling away with the sport. Nonetheless, Sundell returned from the bench and gave the Wildcats some life. 

Simply as momentum began to shift, Glenn — who additionally performed by way of an ankle harm within the second quarter — reaggravated her harm and missed the remainder of the sport. The Mountaineers took benefit and wouldn’t let the Wildcats climb again earlier than half. West Virginia led 42-32 on the break. 

Popping out of halftime, Okay-State emphasised holding their very own within the paint by inserting the 6-foot-7 junior Taylor Lauterbach for Glenn. West Virginia dominated by the basket, scoring effectively over half of their factors and out-rebounded the Wildcats 21-12.

Enchancment within the paint and senior guard Gabby Gregory’s third quarter dominance allowed Okay-State to shut the Mountaineer lead. West Virginia had led by 15, however now Okay-State solely trailed 58-55 going into the ultimate quarter.

The ultimate ten minutes noticed back-and-forth play, and Okay-State trailed by two with 1:42 left. Nonetheless, the Wildcats gave up some essential factors and dedicated turnovers that allowed West Virginia to tug away late.

Sundell entered the sport as one among 5 gamers within the nation and the one participant within the Large 12 presently averaging at the very least 11 factors, 5 rebounds and 5 assists this season. She collected 14 factors, 4 rebounds and eight assists in opposition to the Mountaineers.

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Gregory, the Large 12’s main scorer, had 26 factors as she tried to guide the Wildcats to the win. 

Convention play continues for the Wildcats on the street in opposition to No. 11 Iowa State at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.