Women’s basketball to play Pittsburg State in final exhibition game Monday

After scoring a goal against Fort Hays State, the K-State players on the sideline get fired up and cheer on their teammates. K-State won 48-46 on Thursday. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s basketball team will play the Pittsburg State Gorillas at home on Monday night in its second and last exhibition game of the season.

The Wildcats will open their regular season with a game against the University of Omaha on Nov. 12.

On Thursday night against Fort Hays State, K-State came away with a 48-46 win in their first game action with this year’s team. Junior forward Peyton Williams sealed the win for the Wildcats with a two-point basket with just 19 seconds left on the clock.

The Wildcats were only 1-20 from the 3-point line and shot 30 percent from the field. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 46 before Williams had the game-winning layup.

Sophomore guard Rachel Ranke led K-State with 12 points over 35 minutes of play. Junior guard transfer Jasauen Beard was second on the team with 10 points but had the most rebounds with nine. Beard played 32 minutes. Wiliams added three blocks in the winning effort.

K-State ended last season with a record of 18-16 overall and 7-11 in conference play. The team returns eight players and welcomes six newcomers to the roster. Senior guard Kayla Goth averaged 17 points a game and six assists. Williams averaged 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Gorillas lost to Drake 92-55 on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The two leading scorers were freshman guard Tristan Gregg and sophomore guard Maya Williams, who each had 13 points. Pittsburg State shot 29 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc.

The Gorillas finished last year 23-7 and only lost to Kansas by seven points with a final score of 57-50 in an exhibition game.

Senior guard Shelby Lopez is the leading returning scorer from last season. Lopez averaged 11 points a game.

The last time K-State and Pittsburg State met was back in November 2015. The Wildcats won that game 58-50 and ended their season 19-13 overall.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. inside Bramlage Coliseum. Fans who cannot make it to the game can listen on the K-State Sports Network or watch on kstatesports.com.

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