K-State hosts Texas looking to end skid

By Joshua Kinder

Maybe some of the magic from the Kansas State men’s team’s thrilling overtime victory against Kansas Monday night will be lingering in Bramlage Coliseum when the women host Texas tonight.

The Wildcats could sure use some of that magic after finishing a short road trip winless against Iowa State and West Virginia. K-State enters tonight’s game against the Longhorns — televised on FSN at 7 p.m. — having lost four of its last five games.

K-State (9-13, 3-8 Big 12) will play three of its next four games at home where the Wildcats are 6-4 this season, including their two biggest wins of the season — against nationally ranked Iowa State and Oklahoma.

But since beating the Sooners — K-State’s last win on Jan. 29 and first against OU in 10 years — the Wildcats have been blown out twice, losing at Iowa State 84-65 and then this past Saturday when they lost at West Virginia 84-44.

K-State continues to be paced by freshman guard Leti Romero, who is averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. Ashia Woods, who scored 25 points at Iowa State, is also averaging double figures at 10.4 points a game.

The Longhorns (16-7, 7-4), who defeated the Wildcats 67-53 in Austin on Jan. 5, enter tonight’s game riding the high of a 71-64 victory over Iowa State this past Sunday. Texas has won straight games and five of its last seven overall.

Leading the way for Texas is 6-foot-1 junior forward Nneka Enemkpali, who averages 13.1 points and 9.3 rebounds a game this season. Enemkpali, who leads the Big 12 in rebounds, had 12 points and seven rebounds against the Cyclones.

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