Longhorns Stampede Wildcats

MANHATTAN, Kan.-- The last five meetings between Kansas State and Texas have been decided by an average margin of 2.4 points per game. The Wildcats' 61-34 loss at home to the Longhorns on Saturday has, to say the very least, bumped up that average quite a bit.

K-State, 15-7 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12, faced a relentless defensive attack from the Longhorns. For the first time since December 2003 the Wildcats didn't connect on a single three-pointer.

"I think they're (Texas players) embracing

their personality which is to ‘D' people up, to be athletic, to make it hard for opponents to score," Texas coach Jody Conradt said. "When you can shut Kansas State out with no three's I think you've done a really good job defensively."

Life in the paint didn't get any easier for the Wildcats, who are still without injured sophomore stand-out forward Marlies Gipson. Kansas State scored on back-to-back possessions just one time the entire 40 minutes of play.

In eleven seasons of Big 12 basketball it was the Wildcats' lowest point total and the least amount of points the Longhorns, 16-7 and 5-4, have ever given up to a conference opponent.

"We never really established a comfort level on the offensive end," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said.

"Give all the credit to Texas. They held a Big 12 basketball team to 25 percent (14 of 55) from the floor. At the same time, we've got to find a way as a Big 12 team to be more effective and I think the fact that we didn't get to the rim more frequently rests on my shoulders and is not the responsibility of our players."

All-American senior Tiffany Jackson and junior guard Erneisha Bailey led all scorers with 12 points each for Texas.

No Wildcat scored in double figures. Senior Claire Coggins and freshman Ashley Sweat finished with eight.

It's no secret the Cats have been short on numbers all season, compound that with Gipson's injury and the fact that Coggins and sophomores Danielle Zanotti and Shalee Lehning are fighting through some winter illnesses, and you've got a recipe for disaster when Conradt's Longhorns come to town.

"I like the character and toughness of our players who weren't feeling well, who tried to take the court today play through their injuries or illness," Patterson said. "They'll be the first to tell you that's no excuse. Texas beat us straight up, and they beat us bad. This is as bad a loss as we've suffered in a long, long time here at Kansas State."

The Wildcats will try to snap a three game losing streak on Wednesday against the red hot Huskers of Nebraska in Bramlage Coliseum.

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