MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Kansas State suffered its worst shooting performance of the season on Saturday afternoon, as West Virginia ended K-State’s winning streak at three games with a 60-30 win at WVU Coliseum.
K-State ended the afternoon shooting 20.0 percent from the field (11-of-55) including a 0-of-18 effort from beyond the arc. K-State’s streak of consecutive games with a 3-point field goal made was ended at 393 straight games, as the streak dated to Feb. 7, 2007, against Texas.
The 30 points were the fewest by a K-State team since K-State lost to Connecticut in the 2012 NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2012, 72-26.
For the second straight game, Kansas State (13-7, 4-4 Big 12) played lock down defense in the first quarter. The Wildcats held a 9-8 lead after the first 10 minutes and held the Mountaineers to 3-of-12 shooting. On Wednesday, K-State held Oklahoma State to a season-low three points in the opening quarter.
West Virginia (14-5, 5-3) started the second quarter with a 6-0 burst to force a K-State timeout with 8:38 remaining in the quarter and the Mountaineers leading 14-9. West Virginia increased its lead to eight, 17-9, following a three-point play from Naomi Davenport. Davenport would score 11 points in the quarter to lead the Mountaineers.
K-State pulled to within three, 18-15, on a 6-1 run, as Peyton Williams ended K-State’s scoreless stretch with 5:45 remaining with a putback. Jasauen Beard then caught a backdoor pass from Kayla Goth and finished the layup and Goth added a midrange jumper with 4 minutes remaining. Goth’s jumper would be K-State’s last field goal in the quarter, as the Wildcats ended the frame 0-of-6 from the floor.
West Virginia ended the quarter with a 6-1 run of their own to hold a 24-16 lead at the half.
The Mountaineers used a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter to increase its lead to 16, 40-24, with 3:28 to play in the frame. Madisen Smith was responsible for five or the 10 points.
West Virginia would outscore K-State in the third stanza, 24-10, and hold a 48-26 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers used a 18-2 run to end the quarter and build its lead to 22.
The Wildcats were paced by Peyton Williams and Kayla Goth with eight points each. Williams notched a team-high 12 rebounds, while Goth dished out four assists.
Kansas State will begin a two-game home stand on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host TCU at 7 p.m. Wednesday’s game is part of a Wildcat 4-Pack, as fans can purchase four general admission tickets and four $10 concession vouchers for $38.
Wednesday’s game will be available on FOX College Sports Central and for free on K-StateHD.TV. Fans can also listen to the game on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.
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