Five Wildcat seniors to face No. 6 Longhorns in final home game

Senior forward Jessica Sheble dribbles into the lane during the K-State game against Oklahoma in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 21 2017. (File Photo by Sabrina Cline | The Collegian)

The Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team will close out its regular season with a home game against the No. 6 Texas Longhorns this evening on senior night.

Seniors center Breanna Lewis, guard Kindred Wesemann, forward Jessica Sheble, guard Kelly Thomson and forward Erica Young will be recognized.

Last week, the Wildcats beat the No. 16 Oklahoma Sooners and then ground out a narrow 61-54 win against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in Lawrence. But K-State has had no such success against Texas. The Wildcats have lost four straight against the Longhorns, including a narrow 63-58 loss in Austin, Texas, earlier this season.

The last time the Wildcats beat the Longhorns was on Feb. 4, 2015. Then-sophomore Kindred Wesemann had 25 points and eight 3-pointers, a pair of which started a 14-2 run that helped put the game away. At the time, it was a career-high for Wesemann. She set her current career-high earlier this season against Oklahoma State, where she scored 34 points.

In the previous loss to Texas, Wesemann led the Wildcats in scoring with 21 points.

The Wildcats have won six of their last 10 games, four of their last five and all of their last three. They enter Monday’s game strong with recent, narrow victories showing the team can find ways to win against both highly-ranked teams, as they did against Oklahoma, and even if they play relatively poorly, like K-State did against Kansas.

The Longhorns will enter the game having won seven of their last 10 games, but have lost their last three, one of which was to Iowa State. The Wildcats will likely play the Cyclones next Saturday in their first game of the Big 12 Tournament.

Monday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum, where the Wildcats are 13-2 this season. The two home losses for K-State were against No. 1 Connecticut and No. 2 Baylor.

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.