K-State Falls to Blue Raiders

Jalana Childs led the Wildcats with 15 points on Tuesday evening.

Dec. 21, 2010

Final Stats

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Kansas State looked to rebound from its opening loss in the UTSA Christmas Classic on Tuesday evening, but turnovers hindered the Wildcats as Middle Tennessee State secured the win, 63-49. This is the first time this season K-State has dropped consecutive contests.

Kansas State was led by Jalana Childs with 15 points, while Taelor Karr added 11 points. Karr was the only Wildcat to reach double figures in both games in San Antonio and has secured double digits in seven games this season.

The Wildcats (8-3) shot 38.9 percent from the field for the game, but were plagued by 21 turnovers which Middle Tennessee State turned into 18 points. K-State shot just four free throws on the night, while the Blue Raiders carded 16 attempts and made 12.

The Blue Raiders (9-3) saw two players reach double figures, as Ebony Rowe tallied a game-high 19 points and Icelyn Elie scored 14, all in the second half.

K-State used a late 7-0 run to close to within three of the Blue Raiders at the half, 25-22. With 2:57 to play in the first stanza, the Wildcats’ rally began on a Karr scooping layup. Following a K-State defensive stop, Childs registered two of her first-half leading eight points on a layup. An Emma Ostermann steal on the next Middle Tennessee State possession resulted in a Chantay Caron three-point field goal with 16 seconds remaining in the half.

The Wildcats shot 35.7 percent from the field in the first half, while holding Middle Tennessee State to 37.5 percent. K-State outrebounded the Blue Raiders in the opening frame, 18-16.

K-State drew even at 35 early in the second half on a Karr three-point field goal with 16:18 to play. Middle Tennessee State took a 10-point lead, 51-41, with 7:56 remaining on a Kortni Jones three-point field goal. The Wildcats were held without a field goal for over four minutes midway through the half, as the Blue Raiders held a 56-43 lead with 3:46 remaining.

Following a brief break for the holidays, Kansas State will return to action on Dec. 29-30 at the Big Sky Classic in Hanover, N.H. The Wildcats will face tournament host, Dartmouth, at 6 p.m. (CT), on Dec. 29. K-State will take on Vermont on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. (CT). Both contests will air live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.