Baylor proves too much for K-State women’s basketball

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K-State guard Kayla Goth scans the court for an open teammate to pass to during the game against the University of Northern Iowa on Dec. 29, 2018. The Wildcats defeated the Panthers 72-62. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The K-State women’s basketball team gave the fourth-ranked Baylor Bears a scare in Waco, Texas, Wednesday night before ultimately falling short in a 65-50 loss.

The Wildcats started the game going blow-for-blow with the Bears. A three-pointer from junior forward Jasauen Beard gave K-State a 7-6 lead midway through the first quarter. Beard had five of her eight total points in the first quarter. She finished the night with 24 minutes.

After that, Baylor went on a 10-0 run, led by four points from reigning ESPNW Player of the Week senior center Kalani Brown, to take the lead back. They finished the opening quarter with a lead of 18-11.

The factor that made the difference in this particular game was Baylor’s ability to put together these types of scoring runs at exactly the right moments.

The Wildcats settled into the game in the second quarter. After the Baylor lead ballooned to 11 points, K-State battled back to within four points.

A three-point play from Brown capped off a 5-0 run for Baylor to end the first half. Despite K-State’s attempt at a comeback, they were down 34-35 headed into the locker room at the half.

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K-State’s Kayla Goth, Rachel Ranke, and Ashley Ray smile after they force Central Arkansas into a timeout during the game on Dec. 20, 2018. The Wildcats defeated the Sugar Bears 70-54 in Bramlage Coliseum. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Brown led the Bears with 16 points, she also pulled down nine rebounds and dished out three assists.

The third quarter started with a three-pointer from junior forward Peyton Williams. A free throw from senior guard Kayla Goth put K-State right back in the game, only down five points.

Williams led K-State with 18 points and ten rebounds, the lone Wildcat in double-digits for either statistic. Williams played all 40 minutes of the game.

Eventually, K-State would cut the Baylor lead all the way down to one. Then Goth scored a layup, and K-State took the lead 42-41. It was the last lead for K-State.

The Bears once again found a timely run, surging back behind a 9-0 stretch to end the third quarter.

Williams kicked off the fourth quarter with another three-pointer, but Baylor took total control of the game. They finished the game on a 15-5 run, including completely shutting K-State out in the final four and a half minutes to cruise to a win.

K-State fell to 10-5 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play. The Bears improved to 12-1, their lone loss coming on the road against 11th-ranked Stanford.

The Wildcats will return to play at home in Bramlage Coliseum to take on in-state rival Kansas on Sunday. Fans can view the game on TV on the Fox Sports network, or the K-State Radio Network.

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