Thursday, July 30, 2015



Wildcats in Lubbock, look to snap skid



The Kansas State women’s basketball team’s best chance at ending its losing skid might be Tuesday night on the road at Texas Tech.

K-State and Texas Tech are the only two remaining Big 12 teams without conference victories yet this season.


(Kansas State’s Leti Romero drives in for a first-half layup against Oklahoma State on Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum).

For the Wildcats (6-9, 0-4 Big 12), Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game in Lubbock, Texas, marks the end of a short two-game road trip that began with a 61-50 loss at Oklahoma on Saturday night. The Red Raiders, under the direction of first-year head coach Candace Whitaker, have identical records as K-State — losing in a 67-46 rout at Kansas on Saturday.

Not only will the Wildcats be looking to end their current four-game losing streak — the last win coming on Dec. 30 against UC Riverside — but they’ll also be looking to snap a 10-game road losing streak that dates back to last season. This is first time since the 1992-93 season in the Big Eight that K-State has lost its first four conference games.

K-State split with Texas Tech a year ago — losing 59-50 in Lubbock and winning 68-62 in Manhattan last March.

The Wildcats are led by freshman guard Leti Romero and junior guard Ashia Woods. The two have combined to score 56 percent of K-State’s total points through the first four Big 12 games this season. Romero, coming off her second double-double on Saturday night at OU, is averaging 13.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists a game. Woods, since returning from her season-ending Achilles tendon tear last season, is averaging 11.4 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.

Texas Tech has lost five straight games - all six of its wins coming at home this season. The Red Raiders are led by Amber Battle — their only player in double figures at 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. The junior guard ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring this season and second in rebounds.

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