The Kansas State women’s basketball team couldn’t fight off a slow start in a 66-59 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers on Wednesday night on the road.
The Wildcats are now 18-9 overall and 8-6 in Big 12 play, while the Mountaineers are 18-8 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
After the game was tied at 10 in the first quarter, West Virginia scored 13 of the next 15 points in the quarter to take a 23-12 lead at the end of 10 minutes.
The Mountaineers then scored the first seven points to lead 30-12 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Wildcats couldn’t cut too much into the deficit before halftime as they trailed 39-25 at the break.
It was a lot of the same shooting struggle in the third quarter by the Wildcats as they were down 47-36 at the end of the third quarter.
K-State’s comeback came in the fourth quarter as they cut the West Virginia lead to 47-44 after senior Kindred Wesemann hit a three. They got within two points with under five minutes to play at 52-50 after junior Kaylee Page hit a three point shot, but that was as close as K-State would get and would eventually lose the game by seven.
Wesemann led the Wildcats in points with 14 in the losing effort while Page ended the game with 12.
Both teams made eight three point shots, while the Wildcats forced 21 turnovers despite the loss.
A big reason for the loss by the Wildcats was being out-rebounded by nine.
K-State will conclude the two game road stand as they take on TCU at 3 p.m., Saturday, in Fort Worth, Texas.