K-State Falls in 2nd Half to Iowa State


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Playing in front of a season-high crowd on Saturday night, Kansas State responded with a strong first half but Iowa State shot themselves to a 79-59 win over the Wildcats in the second half.

The Basics
• Score: Iowa State 79, Kansas State 59
• Records: Kansas State (11-5, 1-4 Big 12), Iowa State (12-4, 3-2 Big 12)
• Quick Hitter: A close game was broken open in the second half, as Iowa State used a 13-3 run to distance themselves from the Wildcats on Saturday night.
• Leaders: Sophomore Breanna Lewis tallied 15 points, while junior Deborah Meeks registered 10 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Wildcats. Iowa State had three players score in double figures led by Nikki Moody with 20 points and 12 assists off the bench.

First Half
• K-State got off to a solid start, holding a 12-5 lead following an Erica Young jumper with 13:51 to play.
• The teams traded the lead seven times in the first half, as the Cyclones captured a seven-point lead with 1:26 to play.
• K-State cut the deficit to two at the half, 37-35, as Deborah Meeks drove the length of the floor for a three-point play with 43.7 seconds remaining and Antoinette Taylor found Ashia Woods for a fast break layup with 25 seconds left.
• The Wildcats shot .556 (15-of-27) from the field in the half and outrebounded the Cyclones, 14-13. K-State recorded 22 points in the paint in the opening frame.

Second Half
• Kansas State trailed by one, 44-43 with 14:29 to play following a Woods fast break layup. Over the next four minutes, Iowa State broke open a tight game with a 13-3 run to take control of the game.
• The Wildcats were able to only get as 10 late in the game, as the Cyclones ended the game on a 11-1 run to build their lead to 20 to end the game.
• K-State shot just .281 (9-of-32) from the floor in the second half, while Iowa State registered a .577 (15-of-26) effort including 7-of-13 from deep.

Game Totals
• Iowa State connected on 14-of-33 from beyond the 3-point line. The 14 made 3-point field goals are a new record for a K-State opponent and a new opponent record for Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State finished the night shooting .407 (24-of-59) from the field, but were just 2-of-12 from beyond the 3-point line.
• The Wildcats pocketed 10 steals on Saturday for the 12th time this season.

Noteworthy
• Saturday was the 84th meeting between K-State and Iowa State. K-State leads the series, 48-36.
• A season-high 7,816 fans attended Saturday night’s game. This was the largest crowd in Bramlage since Jan. 18, 2014 of 8,221 against Iowa State. In the last two home games, 14,178 have come through the turnstiles of Bramlage Coliseum. K-State is 41-11 (.788) when the crowd inside Bramlage exceeds 7,500 fans.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 257 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Lewis tallied her 15th career game in double figures for points. Lewis finished with one block. She now has 100 in her career and is tied for fifth in school history for blocks in a career.
• Meeks notched her second career game in double figures.

Coming up Next
• K-State begins a two-game road trip on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, West Virginia, to face West Virginia. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT), with the game available on the K-State Sports Network and at kstatesports.com/allaccess.