Turnovers Hurt Kansas State Women in Morgantown

The Kansas State Wildcat Women’s team opened another February road trip on Wednesday. West Virginia got revenge and beat Kansas State 66-59.

On New Year’s Day, Jeff Mittie’s Wildcats upset then #12 ranked West Virginia.

It was among the biggest wins of the season and you knew the Mountaineers would want to get revenge. They did.

Turnovers and lack of rebounding hurt Kansas State on Wednesday night. While they forced 21 turnovers on the Mountaineers, they also gave up 19.

The Kansas State turnovers also came at important times down the stretch.

The Wildcats trailed by 19 but made a dramatic comeback.

They pulled to within two points twice in the fourth quarter, the last on a Kaylee Page 3-pointer with 4:34 left.

West Virginia then used 9-0 run to distance themselves from the Wildcats with a 61-50 lead. The Wildcats were unable to get closer than seven in the final 2:21 of the contest, according to a media release from Kansas State Athletics.

West Virginia also dominated the game on the glass. Despite 7 rebounds from Breanna Lewis, the Mountaineers outrebounded the ‘Cats 38-29.

Poor free throw shooting also hurt the team’s chances. They hit only 5 of 11 chances. Rebounding, turnovers and missing free throws -not a recipe for success on the road.

As a result, Kansas State drops to 18-8 on the season and 8-6 in Big 12 play.

Two Wildcats scored in double figures, as senior guard Kindred Wesemann tallied 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Redshirt junior forward Kaylee Page added 12 points, including a 3-of-5 effort from beyond the arc.

With 4 regular season games left, Jeff Mittie’s team will need to finish strong before starting the conference tournament. They have 2 at Bramlage and 2 road games left including a big one Saturday at TCU.