(This article originally appeared on the SBNation.com site www.bringonthecats.com – Photo via kstatesports.com of Leticia Romero)
LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas State enjoyed their best shooting performance in over a month as the Wildcats picked up a much needed road victory over Texas Tech, 72-65. The 27-54 performance from the floor is the first time the Wildcats have eclipsed the 50 percent field goal shooting mark since defeating Tennessee State on December 8th.
“We had a lot of different players make plays and that’s a great sign for this team,” said associate head coach Kamie Ethridge on the postgame radio broadcast. “We ought to walk out of here with a lot more confidence.”
“It’s nice to look down on the stat sheet and see good percentages and know how they are scoring.”
The win also puts an end to a 10 game road-losing streak for the Wildcats (7-9, 1-4 Big 12) and gives them the all-time series edge over Tech, 13-12.
Freshman phenom Leticia Romero led K-State with 21 points while Ashia Woods finished with 14. Katya Leick led the Wildcats on the boards with eight while Woods and Brianna Craig each had six.
Defensively, K-State struggled against the Red Raiders (6-10, 0-5 Big 12) Amber Battle, giving up 32 points on 10-15 shooting from the floor. Battle was also 11-13 from the line.
The Wildcats used a 15-3 run to end the first half to go into the break leading 27-21. K-State would then jump out to a 10-point lead on buckets by Woods and Romero to start the second half but would never extend their lead any further as Texas Tech would battle to keep the game close. With 10:02 left to play in the game the Red Raiders would pull within two before the Wildcats would stretch the lead back to as many as eight several times over the remaining minutes.
While the road victory and Big 12 win were certainly something to cheer for, the Wildcats jubilation ended quickly as Haley Texada went down in the final 20 seconds of the game with an apparent ankle injury, an incident coach Ethridge described to make her “just feel sick for something like that to happen.”
The Wildcats return to Bramlage Colesium on Saturday as they play host to Big 12 opponent Iowa State. Tip off is set for 7 p.m on what is being dubbed “Pack the House” night where admission is just $1 for all to attend.