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Slate: Kansas State women collapse down the stretch at West Virginia

And Bruce Weber searches for answers.

Another double-double for Ayoka Lee wasn’t enough.
Another double-double for Ayoka Lee wasn’t enough.
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Things were going so well for the Kansas State women in their return to action after a month-long layoff due to COVID-19 issues. With 4:36 to play at West Virginia, the Cats led 56-44.

Unfortunately, that’s when the wheels fell off. Not just one or two, but all four. Over the final four minutes, the Mountaineers outscored K-State 21-0 and sent the Cats down to a 65-56 loss. Kysre Gondrezick scored 12 points all by herself over the final 2:03, including hitting seven shots from the stripe, to finish with 22 points for the Mountaineers, while Kari Niblack led all scorers with 23. West Virginia poured in 21 points in the fateful fourth quarter of turnovers.

K-State had earlier almost blown a previous double-digit lead, going up 33-23 in the second quarter before allowing the Mountaineers to close to 33-32. The Cats rebuilt the lead and then some after that 10-0 run.

Ayoka Lee led the Cats with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Christianna Carr added 15 points.

K-State will visit Kansas at 4pm on Saturday.

Today’s Sports Extra sees Austin Siegel breaking down the three things that went well for the ladies last night.

As for the men, the Eagle’s Kellis Robinett examines Bruce Weber’s search for a go-to shooter.

It’s a quiet day on the Wildcat front; the next scheduled event is the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence tomorrow and Saturday. #TrackSchool