Women’s basketball continues winning ways

Senior guard Megan Deines pops a shot during the Sunflower Showdown on Jan. 20, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. Deines brought in four points for the team during the game against KU. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The K-State women are forgetting how to lose. The same team that was once 0-4 in Big 12 play is now back to a .500 winning percentage after its fourth straight win against Texas Tech 65-53 Sunday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas.

The game started off in favor of Texas Tech as the Lady Raiders had an early 7-5 lead, but the Wildcats flipped the switch on the game and cranked up the intensity on both ends of the floor. The defense shut down any scoring from the Lady Raiders for the last six minutes in the first quarter. They used that scoring drought to their advantage and closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 15-7 after one quarter.

The second quarter was the same story as the Wildcat defense got even tougher. K-State rattled off 12 points before Texas Tech could even get 1 point during the first 8.5 minutes. K-State won the second quarter 14-4 and led 29-11 at the halftime break.

K-State did not hold back in the second half. They kept their foot on the pedal as senior guard Megan Deines dropped in two quick 3-pointers and built the lead to 35-11. For Deines, it was a stellar day. After being in a bit of a slump over the last few games, she led K-State with 20 points.

Texas Tech would spout off with a 10-2 run, and it looked as if they were creeping back into the game. But K-State had other plans. The Wildcats responded with an 8-2 run of their own and entered the fourth quarter with a 49-34 lead.

The Wildcats coasted to their fourth straight win as they worked their lead up to 65-46 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Raiders had a 7-0 run toward the end, but it was too late in the game and too much of a deficit for them to overcome.

K-State has the momentum and they are rolling with it. The Wildcats improved their record to 14-5 and 4-4 in the Big 12. They have worked their way up to sixth place in the conference and will get the middle of this week off.

The rest will be much need as the Wildcats welcome the Texas Longhorns to Manhattan at 7 p.m. Saturday. Texas is 18-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play. The Longhorns sit at first place in the Big 12 and are ranked sixth in the country.