A third-quarter rally by the Kansas State women’s basketball team pulled it within four points heading into the final period against Iowa State on Wednesday.
But the Cyclones pulled away in the fourth quarter, handing the Wildcats a 73-59 defeat at Hilton Coliseum.
It marked the third straight loss for K-State (7-9, 1-4 Big 12).
The Wildcats have dropped four of their past five outings overall.
K-State led 8-7 early on as both team’s offense’s struggled. But Iowa State (11-6) ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run, including a pair of 3-point field goals, to hold a 17-10 lead.
The Wildcats surged back to pull within two, 22-20, midway through the second quarter thanks to a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Christianna Carr.
Iowa State answered with a 9-3 run to take a 36-25 lead into halftime.
The Cyclones’ advantage ballooned to 13 (42-29) with 6:27 remaining in the third quarter before the Wildcats finished the period on a 12-5 surge to cut the deficit to 49-45 when the buzzer sounded.
But the hosts easily outscored K-State 24-14 in the fourth quarter for a double-digit victory.
Peyton Williams led the Wildcats with 15 points and nine rebounds. Ayoka Lee had 12 points — her 12th consecutive game in double figures — to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks. Angela Harris continued her recent run of solid play, scoring 11 points, recording a double-digit point total for the eighth time in K-State’s past nine games. Harris also tallied seven assists and six rebounds.
Ashley Joens paced the Cylcones with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Rae Johnson scored a career-high 19 points and had eight assists off the bench for Iowa State.
K-State returns to action Saturday, hosting Oklahoma at 2 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. The game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.