ANALYSIS: Women’s basketball gets a taste of their own medicine in loss to Baylor

Senior forward Peyton Williams charges the basket for a layup during the women’s basketball team’s Play 4 Kay Pink Game 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, who normally rely on pounding the basketball inside to a dominant forward duo, got a taste of their own medicine in Waco, Texas, when they visited the No. 2 Baylor Bears.

Baylor put an 83-58 rout on Kansas State behind double-doubles from senior forward Lauren Cox and sophomore forward NaLyssa Smith.

For K-State, typical stars senior forward Peyton Williams and redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee were held in check. Williams scored 14 points and five rebounds, while Lee had eight points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcat’s leading scorer was senior guard Angela Harris, who had a solid game running the point for K-State. Her 17 points were accompanied by five assists and only one turnover. She also recorded three steals.

The game was pretty much over in the first quarter; the Wildcats were held to just 12 points, eight of which came from Harris, to the Bears’ 21.

The Wildcats did not do anything to help themselves in the second quarter, held to just six points in the quarter. The Wildcats had a 44-18 disadvantage going into the locker room.

In the third quarter K-State rallied against an insurmountable lead. With just a minute to play in the quarter, sophomore guard Christianna Carr sunk a transition three to put the Wildcats within 20. That three was a culmination of a 9-0 Wildcat run.

The Wildcats struggled to do much of anything that they typically do well. They only turned Baylor over seven times and had seven points to show for it. Meanwhile K-State turned the ball over 15 times for 26 Baylor points.

The Wildcats sit at 14-13 for the season and .500 in Big 12 Conference play with two games to play. They will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma, Tuesday night to take on the Oklahoma State Cowgirls before heading home to host Kansas for Senior Day on March 8.

The Wildcats need another win to put them in a good position for selection to the WNIT. The tournament requires teams to have .500 record, including conference tournament play, to be considered.

Hi! I'm Nathan Enserro, an alumnus from Olathe, Kansas. I graduated in spring 2022 with a Masters in Mass Communication, and I graduated in spring 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in strategic communications from K-State. I covered K-State sports for the Collegian for four years.