Women’s basketball to face KU in the Sunflower Showdown


Coming off a loss to the No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs, the Kansas State women’s basketball team will look to rebound with a game against archrival Kansas on Sunday in Lawrence.

The Jayhawks and Wildcats both have a record of 11-9 this season.

The Wildcats started non-conference play strong, as the team finished with an 8-3 record. Two of the team’s three losses came against ranked opponents. Conference play hasn’t been kind to the Wildcats, as the team is off to a 3-6 mark halfway through the conference schedule, including losing three straight.

Most recently, the Wildcats fell to TCU by a score of 68-63. The game was tied to 34 at halftime, but TCU used a strong third quarter to pull away. Junior guard Kayla Goth did all she could, as she led the team in points with 17, rebounds with 7 and assists with 11.

TCU head coach Raegen Pebley had high praise for the Wildcats after the game.

“I was really worried about playing this team,” Pebley said to K-State Sports. “I had every right to be worried. They are just a tough matchup for a lot of teams in this conference. They might be one of the toughest teams to match up to. They execute really well and play their strengths really well. This was a hard-fought win for us. We had a lot of players step up in different moments and played some of their best basketball. That is what to took to beat K-State here tonight.”

Goth leads the team offensively with an average 16.7 points per game. She has also been dishing out the ball plenty; she leads the team with 6.7 assists per game.

Sophomore forward Peyton Williams is the leader on the defensive side. She is just shy of leading the team in rebounding, averaging seven per game. Williams does lead the team in blocked shots per game, averaging 1.25.

The Sunflower Showdown will tip off at 4 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. That game will air on Fox Sports 1.

After the Wildcats square off against the Jayhawks, the team will hit the road again for a game in Norman, Oklahoma, against the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The game is set to tip at 10:30 a.m.