The Kansas State Women's basketball team suffered its second consecutive loss of the season in a 72-68 game against Memphis is the program's fourth Junkanoo Jam Friday afternoon.
The Wildcats (3-2) held a nine-point lead in the third quarter after a great start to open the half. Four points from Ayoka Lee and a 3-pointer from Rachel Ranke propelled the Wildcats from a 34-32 to a 41-31 lead.
Lee and Jasauen Beard scored layups after that run, but Memphis (4-3) dominated the rest of the quarter to make it a four-point game.
The Tigers didn't stop there, breaking out to a 15-0 tear to take a 56-45 lead. Angela Harris limited the damage with a layup to make the deficit single digits entering the fourth quarter.
Memphis' lead was as big as 13 with 6:32 in the game before Kansas State began clawing back. The Wildcats went on a 12-2 run in the quarter, starting on a layup by Harris. Kansas State chipped Memphis' lead to three points with two minutes remaining.
Peyton Williams came up with an offensive rebound on her own missed free-throw to close the gap even more, but the Wildcats couldn't score on the extra possession.
The Wildcats came within two points after Chrissy Carr finished in the paint with 1:38 to go. That was the closest the Wildcats got.
Kansas State shot 40.8% from the floor, but struggled from deep (5-of-23 on 3-pointers). The Wildcats scratched themselves at the charity stripe, too, going 5-of-15 at the free throw line.
Lee led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points, and the team had four total players reach double figures. Memphis' Jamirah Shutes was dominant in a 27-point performance.
The Wildcats are now 3-4 all-time at the Junkanoo Jam. Kansas State finishes it's tournament on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against either LSU or No. 15 Michigan State.