K-State women’s basketball team looks to avenge recent loss to Iowa State

The team huddles during the K-State game against Oklahoma State in Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 28, 2017. (File Photo by Maddie Domnick | The Collegian)

The Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team will try to end a two-game losing streak when they take on the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday afternoon.

The Cyclones, however, have more momentum than the Wildcats lately.

Last Saturday, the Cyclones crushed then-No. 22 West Virginia in Morgantown, West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 80-55. It was the second time they had beaten an opponent ranked No. 22 nationally.

K-State was the first, back on Jan. 21. In that game, the Wildcats shot well, hitting 48.3 percent of their field shots. On average, the Wildcats average 43 percent shooting. Nationally, the best teams in NCAA women’s basketball average shooting percentages of 48 to 52 percent.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were still outshot percentage-wise by the Cyclones, who shot 51 percent from the field.

The Cyclones are also better over their last five games than the Wildcats, going 3-2 in that span while the Wildcats have gone 2-3.

The outlook isn’t all bleak for the Wildcats, though.

Saturday’s game will be the first home game for the Wildcats since Jan. 28. That’s a big deal for the Wildcats, who are 3-5 on the road this season. Both of their losses to unranked opponents have come outside the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum.

Inside Bramlage, though, the Wildcats are a force to be reckoned with. They are 11-2 this season at home. Those two losses have come against No. 1 Connecticut and No. 2 Baylor.

The Wildcats take on the Cyclones at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum.

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.