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.