K-State women’s basketball to face Longhorns in Austin

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The Kansas State women’s basketball team will travel to Austin, Texas, to play the Texas Longhorns tomorrow with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Wildcats are coming off an 83-69 win at home against Texas Tech.

Coming into this game against the Longhorns, the Wildcats are 13-11, 5-8 in conference games. The Longhorns are 19-4 overall, 10-2 in Big 12 play.

K-State is 4-4 on the road, while Texas has only lost once in Austin this season.

In the first matchup against Texas this season, K-State lost in Bramlage Coliseum, 75-64. In that game, sophomore forward Peyton Williams and junior guard Kayla Goth combined for 29 points. Goth scored 17, Williams had 12. Goth added five rebounds and five assists.

As a team, the Wildcats made just 25-57 field goals and were 6-18 from three-point range. Texas forced K-State to give up 19 turnovers.

Texas shot 29-72, 40 percent from the field in the contest. The Longhorns also out-rebounded the Wildcats 47-26.

The last time the Wildcats beat the Longhorns was in Feb. 2015, when they won 66-57 in Manhattan.

The Wildcats are averaging 66 points a game this season. They shoot 40 percent from the field, with an average of 23 field goals per game. From the free-throw line, they average 69 percent and 12 made free-throws per matchup.

This is the fourth consecutive season where head coach Jeff Mittie’s team has 100 or more blocks.

Goth sees 35 minutes of playing time per game and has started every game this season. Leading the team in scoring, she provides 16 points a game to go along with four rebounds.

Freshman guard Rachel Ranke has made 63 three-pointers, shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc. Only starting 16 of the 23 games she’s played in, Ranke has stayed strong on the defensive end of the court with 70 defensive boards.

Williams leads the Wildcats with 54 percent from the field and is second in free-throws at 82 percent only behind senior guard Shaelyn Martin’s 83 percent.

Martin has contributed 80 assists toward K-State’s offense to go with her 39 steals.

Senior forward Kaylee Page has 18 blocks for the Wildcats and 70 defensive rebounds this season.

To be able to win in Austin, K-State will have to get a lot of rebounds and step up its defense. The Longhorns and the Wildcats will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. on Texas’s home court.

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