Dec. 20, 2010
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Kansas State held an eight-point lead in the first half at UTSA on Monday night, but the Roadrunners used a combination of strong shooting and a chilly effort from the field in the second half by the Wildcats to hand K-State its second loss of the season, 72-55.
After trailing by four at the break, K-State (8-2) evened the score at 37 with 15:47 to play on a free throw from Taelor Karr. UTSA was able to increase its halftime advantage and built it to eight with 11:41 to play. The Wildcats went without a field goal for almost six minutes in the early stages of the second half before Karr ended the drought with a layup.
The Roadrunners extended the lead to 54-42 with 9:37 to play following a Ijeoma Waturuocha layup and eventually built the lead to 19 in the latter stages of the contest.
For the game, K-State was frigid from the field shooting a season-low 25.0 percent from the field including 19.2 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats were led by Karr with 13 points and Brittany Chambers with nine and a game-high 11 rebounds. Karr pulled in seven rebounds and tallied a career-high five steals.
UTSA (4-6) had four players in double figures, led by Ashleigh Franklin with a game-high 20 points and Ashley Gardner with 12 points. The Roadrunners shot 46.2 percent from the field and were 20-of-28 (.714) from the foul line in the second half and 22-of-34 for the game.
K-State trailed at the half for just the second time this season, as the Roadrunners held a 35-31 edge. UTSA was bolstered by its performance from the field especially in paint, as they carded a 51.6 field goal percentage and 22 points in the paint in the opening stanza. The 35 points by UTSA in the opening half were the most allowed by K-State in a first half since March 6, 2010 against Nebraska.
K-State was boosted by its bench in the first half, outscoring the Roadrunners 17-2 in the category. The Wildcats were led off the bench by Chantay Caron with seven points, while Emma Ostermann and San Antonio, native, Stephanie Wittman each added a career-high five. Both Ostermann and Wittman carded their first career three-point field goals in the half.
Kansas State will conclude action at the UTSA Christmas Classic on Tuesday, as the Wildcats will face Middle Tennessee State at 5 p.m. The contest can be heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.