Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kansas-Kansas State women’s hoops preview


When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan

Who: Kansas State

Series: K-State leads, 67-46

Fourteen and counting?: Two-thirds of the way through the Big 12 schedule, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has yet to win a conference game. The Jayhawks enter a rematch with in-state rival Kansas State on a 14-game losing skid that dates back to a Dec. 20 home loss to Washington State.

The Wildcats defeated KU, 59-46, on Jan. 20 at Allen Fieldhouse, behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from junior center Breanna Lewis.

In Big 12 road games, Kansas is averaging 44.5 points per game and giving up 68.2 points.

Some needed threes: KU last played a week ago today, suffering an 81-49 drubbing at Baylor. However, the Jayhawks found some success from three-point range, making a season-high 10 from beyond the arc on 29 tries (34.5 percent). Shooting 30.5 percent from long range on the season, KU has hit five or fewer three-pointers on 12 occasions — nine times during the 14-game losing streak.

With Lauren Aldridge (12 points at BU) shooting 4-for-8 on threes, Aisia Robertson (10 points) going 2-for-4 and Kylee Kopatich (14 points) hitting 2 of 8, KU had three different double-digit scorers in conference play for the first time this season.

K-State ranks eighth in the Big 12 in three-point defense, allowing foes to make 30.4 percent.

Feisty ’Cats: K-State earlier this week defeated No. 21 Oklahoma, 87-71, at Bramlage Coliseum, ending a three-game losing streak for the Wildcats. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann caught fire in the win, hitting 6 of 8 from three-point range on the way to 26 points.

Probable starters

Kansas (5-18 overall, 0-12 Big 12)

G — Lauren Aldridge, 5-7, so.

G — Kylee Kopatich, 5-10, fr.

G — Aisia Robertson, 5-7, fr.

G — Chayla Cheadle, 6-0, so.

F — Caelynn Manning-Allen, 6-4, jr.

K-State (15-8, 4-7)

G — Kindred Wesemann, 5-6, jr.

G — Megan Dines, 6-1, sr.

F — Shaelyn Martin, 6-0, fr.

F — Kaylee Page, 6-2, so.

C — Breanna Lewis, 6-5, jr.


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