K-State tripped by Tigers, 69-61

COLUMBIA, Mo. Kansas State came up short in its bid for a season sweep of Missouri Wednesday night as the Wildcats dropped a 69-61 decision to the Tigers at Mizzou Arena.

Ashley Sweat scored 18 points and Claire Coggins added 16 for Kansas State (16-11, 4-10 Big 12), which lost for the seventh time in eight games despite making a strong run at the Tigers late in the second half.

EeTisha Riddle led Missouri (17-10, 5-9 Big 12) with 26 points and Alyssa Hollins chipped in with 16 as the Tigers won their third straight.

Missouri raced out to a 32-23 advantage at the break and led by as many as 12 points with less than nine minutes to go when K-State began to claw its way back into the game.

Coggins and Sweat teamed up to lead a late-game surge the saw the Wildcats use a 15-4 run to make it 56-55 Tigers with 4:46 on the clock.

The Tigers answered and pushed their lead back to four points when Coggins hit a trey that pulled K-State back within a point at 61-60 with 2:55 to go.

But that’s as close as the Wildcats would get as K-State could only manage a lone free throw by Shalee Lehning the rest of the way.

Kansas State led 6-5 very early before Missouri went on a 14-4 run to go on top 19-10 midway through the first half.

The Wildcats never led again as the Tigers advantage reached as many as 12 with just over a minute to go in the period. Kimberly Dietz drilled a 3-pointer before the break to bring the Wildcats within 32-23 at intermission.

Kansas State returns home for its final two games of the regular season beginning on Saturday, Feb. 21, when the Wildcats host Iowa State at Bramlage Coliseum. The game, which starts at 1 p.m., will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.