COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As if the Kansas State women’s basketball team needed any more motivation against rival Kansas on Sunday afternoon in Bramlage.
The Wildcats and Jayhawks will clash with third place on the line in the Big 12 after K-State’s loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday night and KU’s win over Texas.
K-State dropped its second straight game Wednesday — a blowout 67-36 loss to the 15th-ranked Aggies at Reed Arena — making this weekend’s game even more pivotal.
A&M was led by Kelsey Bone and Karla Gilbert, who scored 14 points apiece to lead the Aggie to their fourth straight win.
The Aggies, who play at No. 1 Baylor on Saturday, had a 20-point lead at halftime and used a 12-5 run early in the second half to extend its advantage to 51-24. Tyra White, who had a game-high 10 rebounds, scored five points to lead A&M in that span.
The win leaves the Aggies (17-5, 8-3) in second place in the Big 12, while K-State (15-8, 6-5) moved into a tie with the Jayhawks for fourth place.
K-State, shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half and 20 percent in the second — against an Aggies team that fired from nearly 57 percent from the field in the opening half. On the night, the Aggies connected on 52 percent of their shots, while winning the battle on the boards, 37-30.
The Wildcats, who were outscored in the paint 44-6, turned the ball over 23 times and had just eight assists in the loss.
Texas A&M scored 29 points off K-State turnovers, coming away with nine steals.
Brittany Chambers was the only Wildcat to score in double figures, as the junior guard finished with 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting, including 2-for-7 from behind the arc.
Jalana Childs scored only four points and hauled down six rebounds. Tasha Dickey and JuliAnne Chisholm scored six points apiece, while Ashia Woods grabbed a career-high six rebounds off the bench.
K-State tips off with the Jayhawks at noon Sunday, as the Wildcats go for the season sweep of KU.