Despite the 69-61 loss to Texas, the Kansas State women’s basketball team wrapped up a very successful regular season on Monday night.
Jeff Mittie’s team scared the #12/10 ranked Longhorns earlier this season in Austin. They learned a lot despite that 5-point loss. Kindred Wesemann had 21 in that game. The Longhorns held her to just 11 points in Monday’s rematch.
Statistically, the game was incredibly close in so many ways. The women off the Kansas State bench also outscored the Texas bench big 33-19.
As they did in Austin, the Wildcat defense forced double digit turnovers – 16 in Monday night’s game.
Defense was not the issue in this contest.
Offense was partly to blame for the loss. The Wildcats didn’t shoot the ball well. They only made 2 of 13 field goals in the opening quarter and shot just 29 per cent for the game.
On Senior Night, a junior led Kansas State in scoring. Karyla Middlebrook had 14 points that included 8 for 8 from the charity stripe.
Senior Breanna Lewis was strong on the boards again. She collected 9 rebounds including 4 on the offensive end to lead Kansas State for the 23rd time this season. She also chipped in a dozen points but it wasn’t enough. The ‘Cats were within 4 points 45-41 to start the final quarter but could get no closer.
With the setback, the Wildcats finish the conference regular season 11-7 including a 7-2 mark at home to earn fourth place.
Now the Wildcats need to get mentally prepared for a strong post season run. This team has the players to do just that. Despite Monday’s tough shooting night, they know how to score the basketball, play tough defense and have continued to improve throughout the season.
The 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships open March 3. As the 4th seed, K-State won’t play until Saturday March 4 against Iowa State at 11 a.m.