Women's Basketball Wins on the Road

 
For the second straight game, it was K-State senior guard Ashia Woods who led the Wildcats in scoring as she put away 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while junior Brianna Craig scored 9 points on 3-of-4 shooting from behind the arc.
 
For game notes, stats and more from yesterday's women's basketball victory, please click here.
Poor First Half Woes Men's Basketball
LAWRENCE, Kansas - Despite opening yesterday afternoon's game in Allen Fieldhouse with one of the poorest shooting performances in school history, the Wildcats never backed down.
In the end, K-State (12-10, 5-4 Big 12) fell, 68-57, to the No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks (18-3, 7-1 Big 12), but the Wildcats never gave up.
"Our guys didn't quit. They kept battling," said K-State head coach Bruce Weber after the game. "When we were able to get the ball to Thomas (Gipson), he was very effective. I thought Marcus (Foster) settled down in the second half and did a better job, but we didn't get much of the bench."
The Wildcats were led by both Gipson and Foster, who scored 19 points apiece and grabbed seven and six rebounds, respectively.
"Our shots were falling in the second half. We played a little bit harder, but down the stretch, we just didn't get stops that we needed," said Gipson after the game. "We just needed to get out butts in gear, play harder. We gave them easy layups; I think their first eight points were layups. When you do that on the road, they'll make you pay for it."
In the first half, K-State's 17.1-percent shooting (6-of-35) was tied for the fourth-lowest in a half in school history and the lowest since shooting 16.1 percent (5-of-31) at Michigan State on Dec. 21, 1996. Ten minutes into the game, the Jayhawks had stretched the lead to 20-5 and took advantage of K-State's 1-of-11 effort from the floor at that point in the game. 
"I was very disappointed in our competitive spirit on the defensive end at the start of the game," explained Weber. "We're a good defensive team. We talked about staying in character and doing what we do, but we let them get layup after layup to start the game."
Though K-State outscored Kansas, 40-35, in the second half, it just wasn't enough to overcome the tough play and atmosphere at Allen Fieldhouse, a venue where the Jayhawks have lost just nine games in the past 12 seasons.  
"I think they do it to everybody," continued Weber. "At halftime of the Oklahoma game, Oklahoma was down 20 here, so you have to come in with the right mindset. You can't be affected. We've been to Iowa State, Oklahoma, and we were focused and we guarded. Then we came here and we weren't ready to guard them the way we needed to guard. We just have to worry about Texas Tech now."
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Red Raiders (11-11, 1-8 Big 12) at 8 p.m., on Wednesday, the second matchup of the season after K-State won, 58-51, on January 14 in Bramlage Coliseum. Wednesday night's game will be aired nationally on ESPNU. 
'We're 5-4 in Big 12 play," concluded Weber. "We've obviously competed pretty well - we went to Oklahoma and won a tough road game, then competed with some good teams... 6-3 would have been a good start, but we aren't. We're 5-4. We need to stay mature, keep battling and come ready to play at Texas Tech on Wednesday."
For complete notes, stats and photos from yesterday's game, please click here
 

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