Kansas State women’s basketball team will try to snap a pair of streaks Saturday. Pulling it off won’t be easy.
The Wildcats (10-10, 4-5 Big 12) host Baylor — which is No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 1 in the coaches’ rankings — at 2 p.m. Saturday in a game that will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
The first streak: K-State has lost 32 consecutive meetings with Baylor. The last time the Wildcats toppled the Lady Bears was Jan. 27, 2004, when they won 85-65 in Manhattan. That was the final victory in a four-game win streak K-State had over Baylor at the time. It’s been more than a decade since the Wildcats stayed within single digits of the Lady Bears at the final buzzer; on Feb. 7, 2009, K-State fell 59-50 in Waco, Texas.
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The second streak: Baylor (20-1, 9-0) has won 50 consecutive regular-season games in conference play. Texas topped Baylor on Feb. 3, 2017. After that setback, the Lady Bears won the final five league games of the 2016-17 campaign. They went undefeated (18-0) against conference competition in the regular season each of the past two years. And they’ll enter Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday halfway to that mark after defeating Kansas earlier this week.
Baylor is riding a 13-game win streak after its lone loss of the season, 74-59, to South Carolina — the only team ranked ahead of it in the AP poll — in the title contest of the Paradise Jam event in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 30.
While the odds are stacked against the Wildcats, they do carry some momentum into Saturday’s matchup, having won three of their past four outings.
And in senior Peyton Williams (15.6 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game) and redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee (15.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg), K-State remains the only team in the country to boast two players who average a double-double every time they take the floor.