PREVIEW: Women’s basketball to take on Baylor Saturday

Emilee Ebert tries to score through three Baylor Bears at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on Feb. 7, 2021. K-State lost 64-52. (Photo courtesy of Scott Weaver | K-State Athletics)

With five games left of conference play, the Kansas State women’s basketball team will face its toughest challenge left on the year this Saturday in Waco, Texas, as the Wildcats face the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears.

The game is a makeup for the Jan. 10 meeting between the two teams after the original matchup was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns.

Heading into Saturday’s game, Baylor looks to all but lock up its 11th straight Big 12 title, while the Wildcats will look to play spoiler. When these two teams met earlier this month in Manhattan, the Wildcats had only four players eligible to come off the bench. The Baylor bench outscored the Wildcats second team 21-8 because of the lack of depth.

Junior guard and second-leading scorer Chrissy Carr missed the last meeting. Carr, who leads the team in three-point percentage, will look to help the team improve on the 26 percent shooting clip from deep the team had in the last game.

Both teams come into Waco fresh off of wins — a seven-point win over Texas Tech for the Wildcats and a 19-point beatdown of Oklahoma State for the Bears.

K-State will try to build off the momentum of the 350th win at Bramlage Coliseum in women’s basketball history the last time out. The Wildcats took care of the Red Raiders on Wednesday with 86 points scored — the highest point total of any game this year.

Baylor comes into Saturday’s game red hot on a 10-game win streak. The last loss for the Bears came against Iowa State, who not only handed the Bears the only Big 12 loss of the year but also snapped a 58-game conference win streak.

The Cyclones knocked off the reigning champions of the Big 12 by holding the team to two made threes on the day. It is key for the Wildcats to try and replicate this strategy by keeping Baylor off the perimeter.

If junior guard Rachel Ranke can manage to score nine points in Saturday’s game, she will become the sixth player in school history to have 1,000 or more career points, 300 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers at K-State.

A win on Saturday would be the second victory in Waco in K-State history and one of the biggest wins in program history.

The game can be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with radio coverage courtesy of the K-State Sports Network. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. from the Ferrell Center in Waco.