K-State rally comes up short at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. No. 25 Kansas State used a furious second-half rally to climb out of a huge halftime deficit but could never take the lead as the Wildcats dropped a 70-63 decision to Nebraska Wednesday night at the Devaney Center.

Kimberly Dietz and Claire Coggins scored 14 points each to lead Kansas State (14-3, 2-2 Big 12), which opened the second half with a 19-2 run after trailing by 24 at the break.

Two free throws by Shalee Lehning, who finished with 11 points, capped the rally and sliced the Cornhuskers’ 45-21 halftime lead to just 47-40 with 13 minutes remaining.

Kansas State pulled within three at 52-55 at the 6:10 mark on a jumper by Ashley Sweat, who along with Shana Wheeler scored 10 points and was one of five Wildcats to score in double figures.

But that’s as close as the Wildcats would get. K-State missed a free throw and its next four attempts from the field as Nebraska (15-3, 2-2 Big 12), which got 22 points from Kiera Hardy and 15 more from Kelsey Griffin, scored 11 of the next 14 points to re-take control of the game.

The Huskers would go on to lead 70-58 on two free throws by Hardy with 2:11 left before Coggins drilled a 3-pointer and Carolyn McCullough added a layup to provide the final margin.

Kansas State returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 20, when the Wildcats travel to Baylor to take on the Bears at 1 p.m. in a game that will be televised by Fox Sports Net.