Conference woes continue as Wildcats fall to No.15 Iowa State

Sophomore Jaelyn Glenn shuffles to guard a UMKC player on Dec. 7th. The wildcats defeated UMKC 72-45. (Archive photo by Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State women’s basketball was defeated by the Iowa State Cyclones, 67-56, as conference play continues to stall. The Wildcats now sit at 12-5 (1-3) after a strong start to the season in non-conference play. 

It became apparent early on that both offenses would rely on their performance from beyond the arc. The Cyclones struck first, spotting three quick 3-pointers in the first-quarter. K-State was able to hang around, only trailing 18-15.

After the early 3s for Iowa State, poor 3-point shooting plagued both offenses for a majority of the second quarter. However, Iowa State’s guard Lexi Donarski flipped the trend by hitting two 3s. Donarski recorded 12 points in the first half, all coming from 3-pointers. 

Despite her performance, K-State had a late answer of its own with guards Brylee Glenn, Jaelyn Glenn and Gabby Gregory all nailing 3s before the half ended. The Wildcats trailed 32-29 at half.

Coming out of the half, Iowa State looked like they finally wanted to pull away from the Wildcats. The Cyclones grabbed their largest lead of the game of 11 with just a minute and half to play in the quarter.

K-State, led by Jaelyn Glenn’s 10 points in the quarter, refused to stay completely out of the game. A near buzz-beater 3 by Jaelyn Glenn cut the Cyclones lead to six going into the final quarter.

That shot would largely be the Wildcats last bit of life with the Cyclones controlling the fourth quarter. K-State was held to 11 points during the last ten minutes.

Another large reason for the Wildcats offensive struggles was an off-night for the Big 12’s leading scoring in Gregory. She recorded just nine points on 3-14 field goals including 1-5 from 3-point range.

On the other hand, Jaeyln Glenn stepped up with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

K-State will look to get back on track hosting Texas Tech at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Bramlage Coliseum.