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K-State women fall to SMU, 68-57

By The Mercury

FREEPORT, Bahamas — Despite a career-high performance from Ashia Woods in her in season debut, the Kansas State women’s basketball team dropped its opening game of the Junkanoo Jam to SMU on Friday, 68-57.

The Wildcats have now lost three straight since opening the season with two consecutive wins.

K-State will face Virginia today at 4:45 p.m. in its final game of the tournament.

The Wildcats (2-2) were led by Woods with a career-high 16 points. She also added three rebounds and two steals off the bench. Woods made her first appearance of the season, after recovering from from a torn Achilles tendon last January.

Woods’ effort led a K-State bench performance that outscored SMU’s bench 22-18.

Joining Woods in double figures were Haley Texada and Leticia Romero. Texada registered 13 points, a career-high nine rebounds and dished out four assists.

Romero reached double figures for the fourth time this season with 10 points, to go with six assists and a career-high five steals.

SMU (6-0) was paced by Keena Mays’ 15 points. Destynee Hives-McCray added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

K-State avoided its third straight slow start and jumped out to an early lead on the Mustangs.

SMU fought back with an 8-2 run to secure a 13-10 lead with 14:33 to play in the first half. Woods then came off the bench to spark the Wildcats with six straight points and push K-State into a 16-13 lead with 12:46 remaining in the half.

After SMU took a brief 17-16 lead, Woods knocked down her first 3-pointer of the season to give K-State a 19-17 edge. A steal and layup from Leticia Romero gave K-State a 21-17 lead.

The Mustangs responded, however, and took a 38-30 lead into the break.

K-State was able to narrow SMU’s lead to five at 41-36 in the opening stages of the second half. The Mustangs would rebuild its lead to 15, though and never look back.

K-State shot 35 percent from the field and recorded 11 steals and four blocks.

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