K-State falls at Colorado, 66-55

BOULDER, Colo. Claire Coggins scored 13 of her 19 points in the first half and Kimberly Dietz chipped in with 16 points, but a 10:21 second half drought proved to be too much to overcome as the Wildcats dropped a 66-55 decision to Colorado Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center.

Kansas State (15-6, 3-5 Big 12) controlled the game for the first 25 minutes and appeared to be in position to end its four-game Big 12 road losing streak when the wheels suddenly came off.

A 3-pointer by Coggins, one of four on the night for the senior, gave the Wildcats a 48-33 lead with 13:52 to go and K-State was cruising.

But Colorado capitalized on the Wildcats’ drought over the next 10-plus minutes and cobbled together a 23-0 run for its first win over K-State in the last 10 games.

Jackie McFarland scored 19 points and made the same number of free throws (9) as the Wildcats attempted and Whitney Houston added 17 for the Buffaloes (9-11, 3-5), who ended a five-game losing streak.

Ashley Sweat and Shalee Lehning each grabbed 11 rebounds and K-State won the battle of the boards (36-32) for the first time without Marlies Gipson, who was sidelined for her fifth straight game. Sweat also scored eight points.

Kansas State trailed by two just six minutes into the first half when Coggins ignited a 15-4 Wildcat run with the a 3-pointers and the Wildcats jumped out a 23-14 lead.

The Cats lead would grow to as many as 17 on a triple by Dietz that put K-State up 39-22 with just 44 seconds to play in the half.

A jumper by Colorado’s Hannah Skildum 20 seconds before the break cut the Wildcats’ lead by two, but K-State still led 39-24 at intermission.

Kansas State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the Wildcats host Texas at Bramlage Coliseum. Tip off is set for 4:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.