Women’s basketball can’t buy a bucket in Ames, lose by 15

Senior guard Cymone Goodrich with possession of the ball during the game against TCU on Jan. 29, 2022. (Archive photo by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State women’s basketball (16-6, 6-4) continued its road struggles and were ran out of the gym against No. 11 Iowa State, 70-55 on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

The Wildcats are 4-5 on the road because of tough offensive outings. Tonight was no different, as the Wildcats struggled to get the ball to Ayoka Lee and couldn’t score in many other ways.

Lee was held to just 12 points on 6-16 shooting. Iowa State forced her into tough shooting situations where a lot of her shots came up short and never got above the rim. She played just 27 minutes in the loss.

As a team, K-State shot 36 percent from the floor and only 6-24 from three, but only turned the ball over 10 times.

The Wildcat bread-and-butter of tough defense and points in the paint were not there tonight. Iowa State outscored K-State 36-26 in the paint as the Cyclones managed to get to the rim over and over again while limiting K-State’s layups.

The lone bright spot for K-State was the late scoring of freshman guard Brylee Glenn, who scored K-State’s final 14 points to finish with 19.

K-State’s game started off abysmally, hitting just one of its first ten shots and only three shots in the entire first quarter, bolstered by five points from Laura Macke off the bench.

The second quarter was a little nicer to K-State, but the Wildcats could not keep the Cyclones off the board long enough to make a dent in the Iowa State lead. The Cyclones took a 31-25 lead into the break.

K-State finally got Lee going a little in the third quarter but once again could not score with the same volume as Iowa State. The Wildcats were outscored 24-8 in the quarter to essentially put the game away.

In the fourth quarter, Brylee Glenn took over, but it was far too late to have an impact on the outcome of the game.

K-State returns home to try to get revenge — and get back into the Big 12 race — against Texas Tech, who blew the Wildcats out in Lubbock earlier this season. That game will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, and will air on ESPN+.

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.