Lady Wildcats rally but come up short in Big 12 opener

K-State guard Ashia Woods take the ball toward the basket during the game against Emporia State at Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 3, 2014. K-State defeated Emporia State 54-50. (George Walker | The Collegian)

The K-State women’s basketball team nearly started Big 12 play with an impressive win on the road against a solid Iowa State squad. Unfortunately for head coach Mittie’s team, a late rally couldn’t erase poor shooting from behind the arc, as the Lady Wildcats dropped a heartbreaker to the Lady Cyclones, 60-55.

Senior guard Ashia Woods led all scorers with 21 points on the afternoon. Her 16 points in the second half helped the Lady Wildcats erase as much as a 12-point deficit after Iowa State went ahead early in the game.

K-State went into the first media timeout with a 10-8 lead, but a 20-8 Iowa State run spanning five minutes gave the Lady Cyclones a six-point advantage. Iowa State finished the first half shooting 50 percent from the field to take a commanding 11-point lead into halftime.

However, after Iowa State extended its lead to 12 early in the second half, Woods became a one-women wrecking crew, scoring nine consecutive points to cut the Iowa State lead down to one.

K-State would tie it up at 50 with a little over three minutes left in the game before the Lady Cyclones went on a 10-5 run, including hitting five free throws down the stretch, to put the game away.

The Lady Wildcats dominated in both points in the paint (40 to 12) and points off turnovers (19 to 10), but finished one for nine from behind the arc, including a miss by Kindred Wesemann with 1:12 left in the game, which would have cut Iowa State’s lead down to two points.

K-State will look avenge Saturday’s disappointing loss against No. 5 Baylor Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.