FORT WORTH, Texas — If the Kansas State women’s basketball team had planned on making the postseason, the Wildcats’ road just got a little more difficult after Wednesday night.
The Wildcats had a chance to make up some ground, facing a TCU team just one game better in the Big 12 standings — the first of two meetings with the Horned Frogs in the final two weeks.
Instead, K-State fell another game back, losing in a 64-44 rout at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, marking the Wildcats’ fourth straight road loss.
K-State (10-15, 4-10 Big 12) had an early eight-point lead, but TCU used a big first-half run to take control of the game and never look back.
The Wildcats, who were led by Bre Lewis’ 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks, opened the game with a 10-2 run. Bri Craig and Katya Leick keyed the hot start with 3-pointers to stake K-State to its early lead with 14:52 to play in the first half.
K-State still led 12-7 with 11 minutes to go, but the Horned Frogs (15-11, 6-8) closed the first half with a 22-1 run to secure a 29-13 halftime lead. Natalie Ventress scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half.
It was an awful first half offensively for K-State, shooting just 22 percent from the field (5 of 23) and turning the ball over 16 times. The Wildcats three of their first four shots, but finished the half making just 2 of 19. TCU, meanwhile, was 11 of 26 from the field in the opening frame and scored 13 points off K-State’s turnovers.
K-State, which no other player in double figures, continued to struggle in the second half, as the Horned Frogs built their lead to as many as 25 points by shooting better than 57 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. The Wildcats shot 38 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game at just 31 percent (17 of 55) with 22 turnovers.
This was Lewis’ fourth game in double figures this season, her 10th with five or more rebounds and 11th with two or more blocks. Leti Romero was 4 of 11 from the field with nine points and five assists. Ashia Woods tallied eight points and nine rebounds, while Kindred Wesemann finished six points on a pair of 3-pointers. Leick was just 1 for 7 with three points and one rebound.
TCU had three players in double figures, led by Zahna Medley, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Chelsea Prince had 11 points and four rebounds. Latricia Lovings had a game-high 10 rebounds and five blocks, as the Horned Frogs shot nearly 49 percent from the field.
K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday to host No. 13 West Virginia at 5 p.m.