Once again, Kansas State’s need for consistency showed through in a tough loss to Texas Christian University on Monday night.
The Wildcats led 30-26 at halftime, but shot just 25 percent in the second half and were held to 16 points while dropping to 11-18 on the season and 5-13 in Big 12 play. “We like to come out and have some pop,” head coach Deb Patterson said. “We like to extend upon the lead and have at least two players out there who can be effective on the perimeter and move the ball from side to side. I think that kept us in a big funk for the better part of the last 10-12 minutes offensively.”
Patterson has been looking for improved consistency the last couple of weeks and going into this weekend’s Big 12 tournament, the Wildcats will need it to advance.
“I would like to say that it is all about getting better at scoring the ball, but it is also all about getting better defensively too,” Patterson said. “For me, I think our goal is to leave the floor feeling like we’ve really played a complete game, that we’ve played real solid to the game plan, we’ve rebounded well and we’ve been aggressive in taking care of the ball on the offensive end.”
Missouri vs. Mississippi State, Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Tigers are looking for their first SEC tournament victory and will face a tall task against the league’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Martha Alwal. She averages 15.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and a league-best 2.6 blocks per game.
Big 12 watch
Baylor snapped a 35-game home win streak against Big 12 foes in a 71-69 loss to West Virginia on Sunday. The streak stretched back to March 2010, meaning this was the first home conference loss for Odyssey Sims and the other seniors.
Sophomore guard Jordan Jones posted the third triple double in Texas A&M history with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Arkansas. She was the 18th player in the nation and second in the SEC to accomplish the feat this season.
Shawnee Mission West graduate Lizzy Jeronimus was named first team All-MIAA for the second straight year. Jeronimus, a junior forward at Pittsburg State, ranked second in the league with 18.8 points per game.