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Sluggish First Half Sends Wildcats to Loss


Feb. 1, 2014

Box Score

AMES, Iowa – A sluggish first half shooting performance by Kansas State on Saturday night sent the Wildcats to an 84-65 loss at Iowa State. The Wildcats were looking to win their first game in Hilton Coliseum since the 2007-08 season.

K-State (9-12, 3-7 Big 12) was paced by the tandem of Ashia Woods and Leticia Romero. Woods finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 19 in the second half. In addition to her 25 points, Woods also tallied three rebounds and four steals.

Romero notched 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. With her four helpers, Romero became the fourth freshman in school history to reach the 100 assist mark.

Iowa State (16-5, 5-5) dashed out to an early 18-8 lead. Pacing the Cyclones to the early advantage were Hallie Christofferson with seven points and Nicole Blaskowsky with six.

After Ashia Woods converted a layup with 10:50 to play to narrow the game to 18-10, the Cyclones used a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to build a 31-10 lead with 5:11 to play. Nikki Moody carded nine of her 14 first half points during the run.

K-State ended the Iowa State run with a 7-1 run of its own, which included a 3-point field goal from Romero at the 3:52 mark. This was the lone 3-point field goal for the Wildcats in the opening stanza (1-of-10), but the connection extended the Wildcats’ consecutive games with a 3-point field goal streak to 232. The Cyclones held a 45-19 lead at the break, shooting .536 from the field while the Wildcats shot .273.

The Cyclones kept the Wildcats at arm’s length for the remainder of the game. Iowa State built a 30-point lead with 9:11 to play.

K-State was able to trim the deficit to 14 points, 77-63, with 2:19 to play in the second half. The Wildcats used a 29-13 run over a six minute stretch to cut into the Cyclones lead. During the rally, Woods registered 15 points which included three connections from beyond the arc.

Iowa State was led by Moody with 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Christofferson tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

For the game, K-State shot .350 from the field and pocketed 10 steals. Iowa State carded a .444 field goal percentage and held a 38-35 edge on the boards.

Kansas State will conclude its two-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 8 at West Virginia. The game is set for a 1 p.m., tip-off and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com/allaccess.

The Wildcats will return to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to face Texas at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com/tickets.