K-State takes care of TCU for fourth straight win

Senior center Breanna Lewis rebounds the ball during the K-State game against TCU in Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 18, 2017. (Nathan Jones | The Collegian)

The Kansas State women’s basketball team just keeps winning. The No. 22 Wildcats picked up their fourth straight win in a 74-63 victory over TCU Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State improved to 15-4 and 5-2 in Big 12 play with the win.

Just like many games this season, seniors center Breanna Lewis and guard Kindred Wesemann led the way for the Cats. Lewis dominated the first half, scoring 15 points to keep K-State in the game. She ended the game with 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocks. Wesemann took over the second half, scoring 16 points. She had 18 total points, including five 3’s.

“I just wanted to play hard and be strong,” Lewis said. “I know it was going to be a tough team so I really wanted to just (put) emphasis on having poise and concentrating on making hard plays and it was a great night for me.”

The game started off slow for both teams. The score was just 4-4 almost seven minutes into the game. But then TCU made a few 3’s and K-State’s Lewis started making some baskets down low. Still, it was a less than stellar quarter for the Wildcats. They turned the ball over five times en route to a 16-13 deficit after the first quarter.

The second quarter was much of the same as both teams struggled to score the ball. K-State shot just 36.4 percent in the quarter and missed all four 3-pointers. The game went to halftime tied at 27. Head coach Jeff Mittie said he told the team at halftime to embrace the physicality of the game.

“I just kinda reminded them them to embrace the toughness of the game,” Mittie said. “Embrace that part of it, embrace the physicality, ’cause I felt like we were a little on the frustrated side early to that. And (I) just told them to embrace it because it was going to be one of those nights.”

K-State embraced Mittie’s message and were finally able to pull away from the Horned Frogs in the second half thanks to a barrage of 3’s to start the half. K-State made five 3’s, including three from Wesemann to help them go on a 17-3 run that put the Wildcats up 44-30 early in the third quarter.

TCU was never able to recover from the Wildcats’ run and K-State was able to coast for the rest of the game.

K-State will look to win its fifth straight game Saturday when they go to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.

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