West Virginia routs K-State women, 84-44

By The Mercury

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — The Kansas State women’s basketball team used a 15-3 run midway through the first half to take a two-point lead on No. 17 West Virginia, but the Wildcats couldn’t keep it up, falling to the Mountaineers in an 84-44 rout on Saturday at WVU Coliseum.

Three players scored in double figures for K-State (9-13, 3-8 Big 12), led by freshman Leti Romero’s 12 points. Freshman center Bre Lewis and backup freshman point guard Kindred Wesemann added 10 points apiece.

Romero, who also had four rebounds and three assists, has led K-State in scoring 13 times this season. Lewis paced the Wildcats on the glass with six rebounds, while also blocking two shots and coming away with a pair of steals.

West Virginia (20-3, 9-3) jumped out to a 14-4 lead to open the game. K-State called a timeout with 14:40 remaining in the half after a layup from Asya Bussie.

The message was received, as the Wildcats answered with their big run during the next 6 ½ minutes to take a 19-17 lead. The run started and ended with 3-pointers, as Wesemann tallied the first one with 14:30 to go, while Katya Leick buried the second trey with 7:48 remaining. Romero also scored five points during the rally.

It wasn’t enough, however, as the Mountaineers locked down on the Wildcats for the remainder of the first half, going on a 26-5 run to take a 43-24 lead into halftime.

WVU’s rally was bolstered by the shooting of Bria Holmes, who made three straight 3-pointers in the final 1:35 of the half — 11 points in all. She finished with a game-high 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, while also pulling down six rebounds.

West Virginia was 56 percent from the field and 8 of 13 from behind the arc in the first half, while K-State shot 30 percent from the field and turned the ball over eight times, resulting in 10 Mountaineer points.

The Mountaineers outscored the Wildcats 41-20 in the second half to cruise to the easy win. Including Holmes, three players reached double figures for West Virginia with Christal Caldwell adding 17 points and five rebounds and Taylor Palmer finishing with 13 points.

K-State, which has now lost two straight games and four of its last five, finished 27 percent from the field and made just 4 of 20 from behind the arc. The Wildcats were edged on the boards, 38-32, and turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 25 points for West Virginia.

Leick and Ashia Woods combined to make just 2 of 14 from the field for five points, while the K-State bench contributed only seven points in the 40-point loss.

The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday when they host Texas at 7 p.m

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