K-State Drops Tight Contest at West Virginia

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Playing its first game in 30 days, K-State held the lead for 29 minutes but West Virginia used a late run to down the Wildcats, 65-56.

K-State (5-5, 0-3 Big 12) played its first game in 30 days and were able to hold West Virginia (11-2, 5-2 Big 12) to 2-of-13 shooting in the first quarter and secure a 7-6 lead after the first 10 minutes. Emilee Ebert cashed in her first 3-pointer of the night with five seconds remaining in the frame to give the Wildcats the lead.

The Wildcats used an 10-0 run to force a West Virginia timeout with 6:39 remaining in the second quarter. The Mountaineers went in front by three, 10-7, but Christianna Carr squared the game at 10 with a 3-pointer. Cymone Goodrich completed an acrobatic layup to push the Wildcats back in front. Carr then connected on her second 3-pointer and Jada Moore stole the ensuing inbound pass and finished the layup to force the timeout.

K-State was able to establish a 10-point lead, 26-16, with 1:46 to play as Moore carded a pair of layups on consecutive possessions. West Virginia’s Kari Niblack would score the final four points of the quarter and allow the Wildcats to lead by six, 26-20, at halftime. K-State shot 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from the field in the opening half and held the Mountaineers to a 25.0 percent (6-of-24) effort.

The Wildcats would build an 11-point advantage, 34-23, with 7:01 to play in the third quarter. Carr knocked down her third 3-pointer of the game and Laura Macke followed with a 3-pointer of her own. Ayoka Lee then made the first two free throw attempts of the night for the Wildcats for the advantage.

West Virginia charged back in the game with a 10-0 run to close within one, 34-33, to force a K-State timeout with 5:44 remaining.

K-State stood strong and built an eight-point lead, 47-39, to end the third quarter. Goodson and Lee each made a pair of free throws to start the 9-2 run. Lee then made a short jumper in transition before Carr connected on a 3-pointer before the end of quarter buzzer.

The Wildcats forced an early Mountaineer timeout, as Lee finished a pair of jumpers to increase its lead to 51-41 with 7:09 to play in the fourth quarter.

A three-pointer from Carr and a wide-open layup from Sydney Goodson gave the Wildcats a 12-point lead, 56-44, with 4:36 to play. West Virginia used a 21-0 run over the final three minutes to pull in front.

The Wildcats were led by Lee with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Carr added 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Moore added a career-high eight points.

K-State finished the game with by shooting 48.8 percent (20-of-41) from the field including a 47.1 percent (8-of-17) effort from deep. The Wildcats were 8-of-8 from the foul line but were forced into 29 turnovers.

West Virginia was held to a 38.0 percent (19-of-50) performance from the field and a 77.4 percent (24-of-31) effort from the foul line.

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