Bears feast on Wildcats in lopsided win

Junior guard Karyla Middlebrook runs the ball down the court during the K-State game against TCU in Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 18, 2017. (File Photo by Nathan Jones | The Collegian)

The Baylor Bears proved to the Kansas State Wildcats why they are the No. 2 team in the country on Wednesday night.

Baylor whipped the Wildcats 91-49 to stay undefeated in conference play.

“I wasn’t pleased with the way we competed tonight,” head coach Jeff Mittie said after the game. “We can’t shoot the ball like we did and really beat anybody, let alone a team like Baylor.”

Baylor took the lead 7-5 and never trailed again the game after holding a 44-14 lead at halftime.

“The last time we played them they just pounded us on the glass,” Mittie said. “We tried to make them make jumpers early to be in better position to rebound.”

The Bears shot 50 percent on the night and were led in scoring by senior guard Alexis Prince, who had 25 points in the winning effort.

K-State had just the opposite luck on the offensive end as they shot under 30 percent, but junior guard Karyla Middlebrook had a team high with 17 points.

“She played really well for us tonight and had a very nice game,” Mittie said. “Our offensive attack was not good tonight, but we couldn’t score. We just have to compete better.”

The Wildcats could only muster seven points in the first quarter while they gave up 28, the most they have given up to a team in any quarter this season.

“It was more of, ‘we didn’t do more than what they did’ I thought,” Middlebrook said. “It was discouraging to look up at the scoreboard and see that score gap, regardless of how many points I had tonight.”

K-State is now 15-6 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play while the Bears improve to 20-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play and have now won 18 straight games.

“We played a complete game tonight,” Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said. “Every one of our players came into the game and did their job. This was definitely one of our best shooting nights of the season.”

K-State will now turn their attention to Oklahoma State when they host the Cowgirls at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum.