MANHATTAN -- A furious fourth quarter rally by Kansas State on Sunday afternoon fell short, as UT Arlington snapped K-State’s 10-game home winning streak over non-conference opponents with a 57-53 decision at Bramlage Coliseum.
“Disappointed with the outcome obviously,” said K-State head coach Jeff Mittie. “We struggled all day. Really did not play well until maybe the fourth. We played a little bit better in the fourth and made a little bit of a push in the fourth.”
K-State (3-1) entered the fourth quarter trailing by nine, 43-34, and had gained momentum by scoring six of the final eight points of the third quarter to close the gap. UT Arlington (4-0) was able to rebuild its lead to 14, 50-36, with 7:17 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats narrowed the game to three, 54-51, with 42 seconds to play with the assistance of an 15-4 run which was highlighted by seven points from Christianna Carr. The Wildcats pulled within three after two free throws from Angela Harris.
The Lady Mavericks received a clutch jumper from Terryn Milton with 12 seconds on the clock to give them a five-point lead, 56-51. Carr converted a driving layup after a timeout to bring K-State back to within three, 56-53. UT Arlington was able to close the game with a free throw by Claire Chastain with seven seconds to play.
In the first half, UT Arlington used a decisive 16-4 run in the second quarter to construct a 12-point lead at the half, 32-20. The 20 first half points by the Wildcats were the fewest since scoring 16 at West Virginia on January 26, 2019.
Kansas State was shorthanded on Sunday, as the Wildcats played without junior guard Rachel Ranke, redshirt sophomore guard Cymone Goodrich and sophomore guard Savannah Simmons due to injuries.
Despite the absences, the Wildcats had at least three players reach double figures for the fourth time this season, led by senior forward Peyton Williams. Williams carded her third double-double in as many games played for her this season with 16 points and 18 rebounds.
With her 18 rebounds, Williams moved into 14th on the K-State career rebounds list with 709 to her name. She is the 15th player in program history to haul in 700 or more career rebounds.
With her 16 points, the All-America candidate from Topeka, Kansas, moved into 28th on the K-State career scoring list with 1,163 points.
Joining Williams in double figures were Carr and Harris with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Carr was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
UT Arlington also had three players in double figures paced by Milton with 18 points. Marie Benson added 16 and Chastain tallied 14.
K-State shot a season-low 25.0 percent (17-of-68) from the field, while UT Arlington checked in at 38.3 percent (23-of-60). The Wildcats held a 53-33 advantage on the boards.
The Wildcats will leave the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum for the first time on November 29 and 30 for the 17th annual Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas. Kansas State, Memphis, LSU and Michigan State make up the Bimini Division of the event.
K-State will face Memphis on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT), and will face either LSU or (15/16) Michigan State on Saturday at either 3:30 p.m. (CT), or 5:45 p.m. (CT).
The games will also be available for free at kstatesports.com.