Kansas State’s women (10-6, 2-3) ventured to Hilton Coliseum in need of a win after starting the season with a gauntlet of four consecutive ranked opponents. On the back of a balanced effort and a big fourth quarter, they got what they needed, winning 67-60 over Iowa State (7-9, 1-4).
The game was a back-and-forth affair through the first two quarters, nearly always within two points, and with Iowa State enjoying the largest lead, a short-lived 4-point advantage. The teams were tied 30-30 at the break.
A nearly seven-minute scoring drought in the third quarter could have cost K-State the contest, as the Cyclones ran out to a 45-38 advantage entering the final period. But they steadied themselves quickly after the break. This team has built a bit of a reputation for strong finishes.
The fourth quarter was all Wildcat. Freshman Rachel Ranke hit three 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch, and senior Kaylee Page added another, as the ‘Cats outscored the Cyclones 29-14 to close the game.
Kayla Goth led the squad with 16 points and seven assists. Sophomore Peyton Williams added 15 points and 11 rebounds, adding to her collection of double-doubles, which now stands at four. For good measure, she threw in five blocked shots, a new career high.
Ranke added 14, on 4-of-8 shooting from outside, while Page struggled through a 3-for-12 shooting night to tally 13 points. She also corralled 10 boards, giving K-State a pair of double-double performers on the evening.
Bride Kennedy-Hopoate scored 17 off the bench, and starter Bridget Carleton added 16 for Iowa State.
Mittie and the ladies will next host No. 20 Oklahoma State Saturday at 1:00.