Cats look to snap skid vs. Longhorns

By The Mercury

Staff reports

The Kansas State women have lost four straight games and if there’s a game in that bunch the Wildcats surely want back it’s the 19-point loss at Texas on Jan. 26.

K-State will get a chance to right the ship Wednesday when the Wildcats host the Big 12 cellar-dweller Longhorns at 7 p.m. — televised on Fox Sports Midwest.

Texas, despite its beat down of the Wildcats two weeks ago, is just 9-13 overall this season and sitting ninth in the Big 12 at just 2-9. The Longhorns’ only other win was a 61-56 victory at TCU, which is 0-11 in the league.

The Wildcats (12-11, 3-8 Big 12), who haven’t won since their upset of No. 12 Oklahoma State on Jan. 23, are coming off an 87-71 loss at Iowa State this past weekend. Senior guard Brittany Chambers scored a season-high 34 points in that game and became K-State’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,824 points, passing Ashley Sweat and trailing only Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker.

Texas, meanwhile, has lost two straight games — at home against Iowa State and then Baylor this past Saturday. The Longhorns, under first-year head coach Karen Aston, are led by three players who average double figures. Junior guard Chassidy Fussell leads the way at 14.5 points per game, while sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali is scoring 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Imani McGee-Stafford — a 6-foot-7 freshman center — is averaging 11 points and 9.2 rebounds a game.

Enemkpali scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Longhorns’ 59-40 victory over the Wildcats in Austin. McGee-Stafford had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the blowout. Chambers led the Wildcats with 15 points, while freshman guard Bri Craig added 10 points in the game K-State lead 26-24 at halftime.

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