K-State Falls to (1/1) Baylor on Wednesday Night

MANHATTAN, Kansas – For the fifth time in program history, Kansas State hosted the top team in the Associated Press top-25 poll as Baylor visited Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night. The Wildcats were unable to spring the upset as the Lady Bears registered a 71-48 win.

Baylor (22-1, 12-0 Big 12) opened the first quarter with a 9-2 lead with 6:22 to play, but Peyton Williams buried a corner 3-pointer to pull within four, 9-5, with 4:50 remaining. K-State (15-10, 6-7 Big 12) forced Baylor into four turnovers in the first five minutes.

Williams ended the night with a team-high 11 points and three steals. She also pulled in six rebounds. The 2019 Katrina McClain Award candidate needs 14 points to become the 42nd player in program history with 1,000 or more career points.

The Lady Bears would close out the first quarter on a 12-4 run to build a 21-9 lead at the end of the opening frame. K-State was held scoreless for a four-minute stretch before Kayla Goth hit a jumper with 1:34 remaining.

In the second quarter, Baylor used a 7-2 run to open the quarter to build a 28-11 lead with 6:29 remaining. K-State closed to within 15, 35-20, with 1:47 to play after a Goth jumper but the Lady Bears rebuilt its lead to 18, 40-22, at the half.

Kansas State was unable to narrow the gap to begin the second half, as the Wildcats registered their first field goal at 6:39 of the third quarter on a Rachel Ranke three-pointer to bring K-State to within 21, 47-26.

Ranke’s three-pointer was one of two made field goals from the Wildcats in the third quarter. K-State was held to 2-of-12 shooting with Baylor taking a 61-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

K-State would win the fourth quarter, 14-10, holding Baylor to a 2-of-8 effort from the field in the final frame. Jasauen Beard scored six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter, as she led a K-State bench that outscored Baylor’s 14-12. Beard also hauled in six rebounds.

Baylor had four of their five starters in double figures and were paced by Chloe Jackson with 16 points, seven assists and five steals. Juicy Landrum added 15 points and five assists, while Lauren Cox notched 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Kansas State was held to a 26.7 percent (16-of-60) performance from the floor, including a 4-of-24 effort from the 3-point line. Baylor tallied a 58.0 percent (29-of-50) shooting night, but only outscored K-State in the lane, 28-22.

Kansas State returns to the road to begin a two-game road trip on Sunday afternoon at Texas. Sunday’s game will tip at 4 p.m., and be broadcast on FSN. The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network, for free at kstatesports.com and available on the K-State Sports app.

What They Said

Opening statement…
“Well, I do not know if there is a whole lot to say other than I thought Baylor played very well tonight and Baylor did a lot of really good things against us. We struggled all night. We have shown all year that when we do not shoot the ball very well that we are going to struggle to score. Tonight it was a matter of there just were not very many good shots available. We could not execute well enough. We could not spread them well enough. They had a really good awareness of Rachel [Ranke] coming off of a big game and Peyton [Williams] coming off of a game in Waco where she got some perimeter shots. They are No. 1 for a reason, guys, and I thought they played extremely well tonight.”

On switching the defense up…
“We were trying to really get a lot of help to the post but they shot a high percentage. You pick your poison a little bit with them in that we do not have the size to rebound with them. Nobody really in the country does so you have to get extra help in there…which allowed [Chloe] Jackson to walk into her 15-footer probably way too many times and allowed Juicy [Landrum] to get loose a little bit. They had very good awareness and they played very well tonight.”

On the defense overall…
“Most of our issues are on the offensive end. When you score 48 points, boy it puts a lot of pressure on the defense, right? What I was pleased with defensively is that we did not put them on the free throw line too much. We limited their offensive rebounds. Part of that is because they obviously shot it so well, but at the same time we battled in there. We got them to turn it over more than normal. We created, I think, 20 turnovers. We had a lot of deflections defensively. So those were real positives. Unfortunately for us, a lot of their turnovers were out of bounds so they were not open floor turnovers where we felt like we could get out and run. We felt like we needed to be in transition more. I did not feel like we got very many good looks, particularly in the first half.”

On shots not being available…
“I did not like our spacing. Against a good defensive team…they are going to jam your cuts. They are going to jam your spacing. They are going to get you to where you use the dribble more than you want to and we found ourselves in that position a lot. I think a lot of it is the fact that they are a very good defensive team. I thought their awareness of our group was really good tonight. They were not going to give Peyton [Williams] a easy three. The easiest one Peyton got, she knocked down. And that came on a ball reversal where they had a switch and we got it back to her. But I thought Baylor was very, very good tonight. I thought they were very active tonight. I thought that we needed to show better discipline and patience in that stretch and we just did not.”

On Baylor’s shot-blocking ability…
“I do not know if you guys saw that stat, and I might miss it a little bit, but they block something around 24 percent of the shots taken. It is number one in the NCAA. Lauren Cox is able to play off. You can get her up on a shot fake and she is still able to get [a block]. This is an elite defensive team across the board and I thought they played at a pretty high level tonight defensively.”

On Baylor’s hot start…
“That is always tough. I think it was 9-5 at the first media and I felt like we might have staved them off, at least early here where we could kind of settle into this. But we never settled in in that stretch. Part of it was they were doing such a good job on [Kayla] Goth and Peyton [Williams]. They just could not get anything easy. I liked Goth and Peyton’s aggressiveness in some areas. We have been wanting them to be aggressive. Tonight, Baylor really was good on them.”

On if she feels like she is playing better basketball lately…
“I am trying to play more controlled basketball. In a sense yes, I am playing better because I am trying to do what Coach is asking me. Most of my points are coming from getting to the free throw line even though at OU I did not do well at the free throw line. I got there which was a part of, like Coach Mittie says, me playing hard. I was attacking and got to the hoop and went 4-for-4. That is where I feel like I am doing better.”

On Baylor’s size…
“What struck me first this game was me getting my shot blocked. It made me realize it happened to me last game by the same person, do not continue to try to shoot over her and start shot faking to try to get to the rim more. So that probably is what struck me most and got my game going.”

On the key against Kansas State…
“Defend the three ball. We figured they would shoot it 30 times and they almost did. Stay on the floor don’t go for shot fakes. Make them drive to beat you and if they do beat you off the drive don’t get sucked in and let them find a shooter. I thought we were outstanding to start the game and throughout the game defending the three ball.”

On defending in the paint…
“Well we are big, we are long in a lot of positions. You know we may not get the blocked shot but we are going to alter the shot just with our presence and how big we are in there.”

On this time around playing K-State…
“Well, I don’t want to take away anything from them and what they did at our place. They hit some shots at our place, they congested it, they changed their defense. We missed some shots but we ended up winning by 15 or so. That happens sometimes. I just thought going on the road, if we can set the tone defending the three ball, we would figure out ways to score on the offensive end, even if they congested the paint.”

On guarding K-State’s Kayla Goth and Peyton WIlliams…
“The people guarding them, Lauren Cox and DiDi Richards, are two of the best defensive players in the country. They both have length, both were assigned to the best players on the other team. When we have teams that have scorers or have players that shoot as much as those two did – jeez look at their percentage – that tells a story right there.”

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