Even a program record couldn’t save Kansas State’s women’s basketball team on Saturday.
Senior forward Peyton Williams pulled down 22 rebounds, a school record, but K-State dropped a 65-61 decision to TCU at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Williams’ frontcourt mate, redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee, almost helped the Wildcats escape with a win.
Lee hit a pair of free throws late, handing K-State a 61-59 lead with 1:09 left.
Only problem: TCU closed the game on a 6-0 run to seal the win.
Lee registered a school-record fifth game with a double-double and five or more blocks, posting a line of 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. It was her 11th double-double of the season.
Williams finished with 12 points and 22 rebounds, her 10th double-double this year.
Forward Jasauen Beard led the Wildcats (9-10, 3-5 Big 12) with 16 points to go along with four rebounds.
But K-State still left with a loss, in part because it started the first half struggling on offense.
The Wildcats shot just 7-for-37 from the field in the first half, a horrid 19%. At one point, the visitors went eight minutes without scoring, allowing the Horned Frogs to rip off a 13-0 run and take a 22-13 lead.
Even when point guard Angela Harris stopped the bleeding with a triple, TCU (16-4, 7-2) answered with two of its own, taking a 28-18 lead into halftime.
Still, the Wildcats weren’t done. They used a 12-1 run to open the third quarter and take a 30-29 lead. Beard logged seven points during the run.
TCU then responded with its own run, this one of the 13-2 variety. That handed the Frogs a 45-34 lead.
Again, the Wildcats answered. They seized a 53-52 lead with 4:44 remaining when Williams finished a layup. Sophomore guard Chrissy Carr, who scored six points on 2-for-13 shooting, later connected on a trey, good for a 59-56 lead.
But TCU responded with a 3-pointer. That’s when Lee hit the two free throws, and when the Frogs made the game-sealing run.
K-State now turns its attention to a home contest against Texas Tech, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.