The No. 24 Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team will look to end their final regular season road trip with a win Saturday when they take on the TCU Horned Frogs.
The Wildcats lost to unranked West Virginia Wednesday night.
With just four games remaining in the regular season, including two against top 20 teams, every game against unranked opponents could be vital to Big 12 tournament seeding for the Wildcats.
K-State is currently fourth in the Big 12 Conference standings, two games ahead of West Virginia, which is in fifth. If the current standings hold, the two teams will meet in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Championships as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds on March 4.
The Wildcats can clinch the No. 4 seed by winning three of their last four games, or with two wins and a West Virginia loss in its final four games. That makes K-State’s game Saturday important, because it is one of only two remaining games the Wildcats play against unranked opponents.
The games against ranked teams are No. 19 Oklahoma on Tuesday and No. 8 Texas, which tops the Big 12 standings and has won 19 straight.
Beating TCU is the first step to clinching the fourth seed. The Wildcats beat the Horned Frogs 74-53 back on Jan. 18. Senior center Breanna Lewis had 21 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Kindred Wesemann and freshman forward Eternati Willock also hit double-digit scoring, with 18 and 10 points, respectively.
K-State will look for strong efforts from all three players in Saturday’s game. In 20 of the Wildcats’ 26 games this season, either Lewis or Wesemann have led the team in scoring. Lewis also tied with junior forward Kaylee Page for the lead in another.
The Wildcats take on the Horned Frogs at 3 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.