Slow First Half Sends K-State to First Home Loss

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball registered its lowest first half production of the season and No. 5/5 Baylor sizzled from the perimeter to send the Wildcats to their first home loss of the season, 74-44, on Tuesday night in Bramlage Coliseum.


The Basics
• Score: (5/5) Baylor 74, Kansas State 44
• Records: Baylor (13-1, 2-0 Big 12), Kansas State (10-3, 0-2 Big 12)
• Quick Hitter: A 23-0 run by Baylor to open the game and cold shooting by K-State sent the Wildcats to their first home loss of the season.
• Leaders: K-State was led by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis with 13 points, three rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Baylor was led by sophomore forward Nina Davis with a game-high 24 points, including 20 in the second half, eight rebounds and four steals.

First Half
• After Kindred Wesemann knocked down a three to open the scoring, the Wildcats went cold from the floor. Baylor used a 23-0 run to take a 23-3 lead with 7:55 to play. K-State was 0-of-9 from the floor during the run and 1-for-14 to open the game.
• K-State ended the run on a layup from Breanna Lewis with 6:41 to play in the first frame. The layup started the Wildcats on an 11-5 run to narrow the game to 28-14 with 3:14 to play in the first stanza.
• After Haley Texada knocked down her second 3-pointer of the half to cut the deficit to 13, Baylor scored six straight points to end the half with a 36-17 lead.
• The 17 points in the first half were a season-low for K-State and the lowest opening half output since scoring 13 at TCU on Feb. 19, 2014.
• The Wildcats were held to 6-of-27 (.222) shooting from the floor in the first half. The Wildcats were 5-of-14 from beyond the arc in the opening frame. Baylor was 13-of-28 (.464) from the field including 8-of-14 (.571) from beyond the arc.

Second Half
• K-State was able to bring the game to within 16, as Lewis finished off a traditional three-point play with a free throw with 9:12 to play.
• The Lady Bears would rebuild its lead to above 20 with a 9-0 run over a two and a half minute stretch.
• K-State shot .421 (8-of-19) from the floor in the second half, while Baylor improved to .516 (16-of-31).

Game Totals
• K-State shot a season-low .304 (14-of-46) from the floor on Tuesday night.
• For the first time this season, K-State was outscored in the paint (34-14).
• K-State finished with six blocks and 11 steals.

Noteworthy
• This was the 33rd meeting between K-State and Baylor. The Lady Bears lead the series, 24-9, and have won 19 straight in the series.
• K-State is 1-8 all-time against teams ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press top-25 poll.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 254 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Lewis has scored in double figures 13 times in her career, including eight times this season.
• Lewis finished with two blocks. She now has 87 in her career and ranks sixth in school history for blocks in a career. She needs 14 blocks to move into fifth in school history.
• Texada recorded 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. This was Texada’s 33rd career game with 10 or more points and her sixth this season. With her three connections from beyond the arc, Texada has 102 for her career. She has 32 career games with two or more made 3-point field goals.
Ashia Woods pulled in seven rebounds, which marks the 33rd time in her career that she has five or more rebounds in a game.
• Freshman Shaelyn Martin pocketed three steals on Tuesday. For the season, she has nine games with two or more steals.

Coming up Next
• K-State ends its two-game home stand on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., as the Wildcats host Kansas. The game will be broadcast to a national audience on FOX Sports and heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.