AMES, Iowa — Things just got more challenging for the Kansas State women’s basketball team after Wednesday night.
The Wildcats, already coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss at Missouri over the weekend, now faces a two-game skid going into Saturday’s regular season finale after losing to Iowa State 57-33 on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum.
With the loss, K-State fell to 18-11 overall and 9-8 in Big 12 play, while Iowa State improved to 18-10 and 9-8.
Tasha Dickey led the Wildcats with 11 points, however, they were all scored in the first half.
The Wildcats trailed just 21-17 at halftime, but the Cyclones broke the game open in a hurry in the second half, outscoring K-State 36-16 in the final 20 minutes.
Iowa State used a 14-4 run to open the second half and go ahead 35-21. The Cyclones never looked back.
K-State, which host Texas Tech on Saturday, shot just 28.9 percent from the floor in the contest, included just 3-of-15 from behind the arc.
The Wildcats also committed 20 turnovers and went to the free throw line just five times.
Iowa State connected on 39.1 percent of its field goals, including 8-of-22 from behind the arc. Iowa State was 13-of-15 from the free throw line.
The first half was all Dickey for the Wildcats, who scored 11 of K-State’s 17 points. The Wildcats led 15-14 at one point after scoring five straight points with less than 5 minutes to play in the half.
Iowa State took the lead when Hallie Christofferson scored four of the Cyclones’ final six points in the first half.
Jalana Childs scored 10 points for the Wildcats. Brittany Chambers scored just four points for the Wildcats on 1-of-7 shooting, but did grab a team-high eight rebounds. Branshea Brown had six points and four rebounds.
Three Cyclones scored in double figures as Nikki Moodi (15), Lauren Mansfield (13) and Christofferson (14) paced Iowa State.
K-State will honor five seniors — Dickey, Childs, Brown, Emma Ostermann and JuliAnne Chisholm — on on senior night Saturday at 6 p.m.