K-State Falls in 2nd Half at West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – K-State held a 25-22 halftime lead, but West Virginia used an 18-5 run to begin the second half to down the Wildcats on Wednesday at WVU Coliseum.


The Basics
• Score: West Virginia 63, Kansas State 51
• Records: Kansas State (11-6, 1-5 Big 12), West Virginia (12-6, 2-4 Big 12)
• Quick Hitter: A cold start to the second half by K-State sent West Virginia to its second straight league win on Wednesday night.
• Leaders: Sophomore Kindred Wesemann registered a career-high 19 points to pace K-State. West Virginia with four players in double figures, were led by Jessica Morton with a career-high 22 points.

First Half
• Wesemann sparked K-State to an early 15-10 lead with 8:44 to play. Wesemann knocked down seven straight points to jump start the Wildcat offense, while Haley Texada connected on a three to increase the lead to five.
• Wesemann’s second 3-pointer and a driving layup from Shaelyn Martin boosted K-State’s lead to six, 20-14, with 4:41 remaining.
• West Virginia’s Morton connected on a pair of three-point attempts to tie the game at 20 with 2:11 remaining. Wesemann drained her third 3-pointer of the half to build K-State’s lead back to five, 25-20, with 1:17 remaining. Morton answered with a jumper for the halftime score of 25-22 in favor of the Wildcats.
• K-State was 9-of-25 (.360) from the floor in the stanza, including 5-of-13 from beyond the arc. Wesemann led K-State with 13 points in the opening half.

Second Half
• The Mountaineers opened the second frame with an 18-5 run to secure a 40-30 lead with 10:56 to play.
• K-State was 2-of-10 from the floor with six turnovers to begin the second frame.
• The Wildcats trimmed the West Virginia lead from a high of 18 with 8:44 remaining down to eight, as Wesemann drained her fourth 3-point field goal of the night.
• West Virginia was able to hold off the Wildcats and seal the game at the foul line.
• West Virginia shot .536 from the field in the second half, while K-State was just .276.

Game Totals
• The Wildcats shot 17-of-54 (.315) from the floor for the night, while West Virginia was 23-of-53 (.434).
• K-State was outrebounded by West Virginia, 41-31, and outscored in the paint 24-16.
• West Virginia blocked 15 shots, including nine from Lanay Montgomery.

Noteworthy
• Wednesday was the fifth meeting between K-State and West Virginia. West Virginia leads the series, 5-0.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 258 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• K-State led 25-22 at the half on Wednesday night. This was K-State’s first halftime lead in Big 12 action this season. Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 234-34 when leading at the half, including a 9-1 record this season.
• Wesemann notched her 11th career game in double figures, including her fourth this season. This was Wesemann’s 17th career game with two-or more connections from beyond the arc. This was her fourth career game with four or more connections from three.
• Texada secured her 34th career game in double figures and her seventh this season. She drained a pair of 3-point field goals for the 33rd time in her career.

Coming up Next
• K-State ends a two-game road trip on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to face No. 3/3 Baylor. Game time is 11 a.m., with the game broadcast by FOX Sports Southwest and available on the K-State Sports Network and at kstatesports.com/allaccess.