Road woes continue for the Wildcats in Morgantown

The K-State Wildcats faced against the Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 22, 2023, for the Sunflower Showdown. With a strong Wildcat defensive performance, K-State beat the Jayhawks 63-45 in Bramlage Coliseum. (Archive photo by Avery Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State women’s basketball falls to 16-13 (5-11) after facing the West Virginia Mountaineers on senior night in Morgantown.

The Wildcats fell behind early, with the swarming Mountaineer defense causing 14 turnovers in the half and capitalizing with 15 points off of turnovers.

West Virginia found success from beyond the arc early in the game, scoring five 3-pointers and leading to a long 13-0 run to close out the half with a 13-point lead. 

Entering the second half, K-State was able to create adjustments to close the gap. The third quarter was won by the Wildcats with their own 15-0 run to cut the lead down to five. 

K-State’s defense put on more pressure in the second half with West Virginia having an eight minute scoring drought in the third.

The Mountaineers would counter in the fourth, preventing the K-State comeback with a 10-0 run to end the game. 

Turnovers were a key part of K-State’s loss, committing a total 24. While they mitigated the number of turnovers in the second half, it would not be enough after the Mountaineers shot 60% to end the fourth.

Guard Serena Sundell had a standout night despite the Wildcat loss. Sundell scored 21 points and collected four rebounds and four assists.

Guard Gabby Gregory had a quiet night scoring but got within range of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

K-State continues to struggle on the road in conference play, maintaining a drought of 0-8. It has been difficult for road teams to win in the Big 12 — only three teams post a winning percentage.

The Wildcats will look to rebound as they move on to play Oklahoma in Norman at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in Lloyd Noble Center.