Women’s basketball looks to end 6-game road skid in trip to Austin

Sophomore center Ayoka Lee slides past Texas' Charli Collier and rises to shoot during Kansas State's 62-52 loss to Texas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on December 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Scott Weaver | K-State Athletics)

The quest to pick up a second conference win goes to Austin, Texas, on Sunday as the Wildcats look to avenge its loss from earlier in the year against the Texas Longhorns.

The women’s basketball team sits at the bottom of the Big 12 Conference with two fewer wins than the next closest team. The Wildcats need a win on Sunday to get back on track.

Standing in the way is the 14-6 Longhorns and dominant forward/center Charli Collier. Collier, a junior from Mont Belvieu, Texas, leads her squad in points per game (21.3) and rebounds per game (12.4) and is top five in the Big 12 in both of those categories.

Kansas State sophomore Ayoka Lee leads the Wildcats into battle. She continues to follow up her record-breaking freshman year with an even better sophomore campaign.

Lee recently dropped 27 points and seven rebounds on Oklahoma State and extended her streak of consecutive games with 20 or more points to four.

K-State will look to build off the things it did well in the game against Oklahoma State on Wednesday — primarily the 17 turnovers the team forced. The Wildcats need to pressure the Longhorns the same way the team did the Cowgirls to give the offense more opportunities to score.

Getting points off turnovers and improving on the 31 percent shooting clip from the last game is the deciding factors for the Wildcats.

The Longhorns go into Sunday’s game off an extended break because of weather concerns in Texas. The Longhorns have not played in a game since last Sunday when seventh-ranked Baylor outscored them by 25 points in a blowout.

The Bears held the Longhorns to 35 points and Collier to only two on 1-3 shooting in 29 minutes of action. K-State looks to put the same kind of pressure on Collier and force someone else to beat them.

Sunday’s game is the 42nd meeting between these two teams, with Texas holding the all-time lead 24-17.

Tipoff for Sunday’s game in Austin is set for 2 p.m. and can be streamed on the Longhorn Network, with radio coverage courtesy of the K-State Sports Network.