The K-State women’s basketball team plays host to Pittsburg State tonight at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum for its final exhibition game of the season.
Anticipating the season opener against Indiana State on Nov. 14, the Wildcats will look to improve in their final tune-up before it starts counting.
With the team’s freshmen having a much larger role than in recent seasons, the Wildcats will lean on their frontcourt, led by preseason Wooden Award candidate Ashley Sweat. Sweat finished with a game-high 20 points in last week’s exhibition. The senior said the team is not yet prepared for the rigors of a Big 12 Conference schedule.
“We are not ready,” Sweat said, after the win over Fort Hays State. “That is why we schedule these games. You can practice and practice but you have to play because it is when you get tired you start to slip up.”
The Wildcats won their first exhibition game against Fort Hays State 81-68, with all three freshmen scoring in double figures. Taelor Karr got the start, logging 10 points, four assists and three steals. Coming off the bench, Mariah White had 10 points, and Brittany Chambers had 12 points.
“Going into the game we saw spots of their strengths, and I think they expanded on those a little tonight,” said head coach Deb Patterson, regarding the performance of her freshmen in the first exhibition game. “I think they just need to get used the speed and intensity of the game. A huge problem for us tonight was just the tempo of the game.”
Tipoff for the Nov. 14 season opener against Indiana State is at 5 p.m.