Wildcats head to Austin to take on lightning-hot Longhorns

Senior guard, Kindred Wesemann dribbles the ball during the K-State game against Oklahoma State in Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 28 2017. (Sabrina Cline | The Collegian)

Building momentum after two straight wins, the Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team heads to Austin, Texas, Saturday to take on the No. 12 Texas Longhorns.

The Wildcats beat the Oklahoma State Cowgirls last Saturday courtesy of 34 points by senior guard Kindred Wesemann, and they beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders Wednesday night with a 19-point, 11-rebound night by senior center Breanna Lewis.

Saturday’s game will likely be a greater challenge for the Wildcats than either of those previous opponents.

The Longhorns enter Saturday’s game hotter than their own state this season. They have won 15 straight games and are a perfect 11-0 in conference play this season, including recent wins over No. 22 West Virginia and No. 20 Oklahoma. Their 11-0 record in conference also puts the Longhorns in a battle for Big 12 supremacy.

The Wildcats have lost their last last three games against the Longhorns, with their last win coming exactly two years ago from Saturday in the form of a 66-57 victory over the No. 20 Longhorns back on Feb. 4, 2015.

Texas is led by junior guard Brooke McCarty, who averages 14 points per game this season, while Lewis paces the Wildcats with 14 points and over eight rebounds per game.

K-State has averaged over 68 points per game this season, but the Wildcats will need to play well on defense because the Longhorns enter the game scoring nearly 75 per game this season.

The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday in the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. It can be viewed on the Longhorn Sports Network or via the WatchESPN app.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.