PREVIEW: Women’s basketball heads to the Lone Star State Saturday

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Senior forward Jasauen Beard leaps back for a shot during the women’s basketball team’s Play 4 Kay Pink Game to promote cancer awareness. K-State played against TCU in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 19. The Horned Frogs defeated the Wildcats 54-52. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The women’s basketball team will be in Austin, Texas, this weekend to take on the Longhorns in Frank Erwin Center.

This is the second meeting between the Wildcats and Longhorns this season — though the Longhorns won 63-71 the first time.

Kansas State is coming off a hard-fought loss to the TCU Horned Frogs Wednesday night as their two-game winning streak came to an end.

Texas is coming off a 50-44 win against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Monday.

The Wildcats sit at 12-12, 6-7 overall heading into this weekend matchup, and the Longhorns sit at 16-9, 8-5.

In the recent loss to the Horned Frogs, the Wildcats defended well, but they had a big struggle with the three-pointer — making only one of 13 shots.

Head coach Jeff Mittie said after the game it wasn’t the shot selection that was the problem, it was just one of those nights that the shots didn’t go down.

“It’s just one of those things that one day it will break out and you won’t necessarily know why, but we will break out of it and you won’t know why,” Mittie told K-State Sports. “Hopefully it will be because we’re working in the gym, getting shots and doing these things.”

In the two-straight wins before the loss on Wednesday, the Wildcats made six three-pointers in the first game against West Virginia and made four in the second game against Oklahoma.

And in the first matchup against Texas, the Wildcats made five of 26 of their three-pointers.

Success in shooting the three-pointer will help defeat the Longhorns.

The big positive the Wildcats can take into Saturday is the Wildcats performed well defensively against the Horned Frogs.

“They’ve got great defense,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said after the game.

TCU was held to just 29 percent shooting.

If K-State can play great defense again on Saturday that will certainly help them get back in the winning column.

This game will tipoff at noon and will be able to be seen on Longhorn Network. The game can also be heard on the K-State Sports Radio Network.

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