In the first half, the crowd of 5,551 fans was entertained by a back-and-forth game that featured three ties and five lead changes. KU junior guard Kaylee Brown got off to a quick start as she hit 3-of-5 from three-point range for 11 first half points. At the break, the score was tied 26-26, thanks in part to 12 second chance points by the Jayhawks who pulled down nine offensive rebounds in the game's first 20 minutes.
Kansas State shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field in the second half while the Jayhawks connected on just 28 percent of their shots in the final frame.
"We lost our poise and became very undisciplined in the second half," Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "We have to learn that in the Big 12 Conference we have to play a complete game. You have to give K-State credit for coming out in the second half and being very aggressive."
Brown led the Jayhawks with 13 points, while junior forward Crystal Kemp added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Erica Hallman chipped in with nine points.
Kansas State was led by senior forward Kendra Wecker who scored 18 points and tied Kemp for game-high honors with 11 rebounds. Senior guard Laurie Koehn added 17 points, while sophomore guard Claire Coggins and senior forward Brie Madden each had eight.
Kansas (7-6, 0-2 Big 12) returns to Big 12 action Wednesday when Iowa State visits Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.