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Know Your Opponent: Wildcats attempt to recover from big senior night loss

The Wildcats play at Texas Tech in hopes of ending the losing streak
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Guard Serena Sundell drives to the lane in the 82-76 loss against Iowa State on senior night. Sundell recorded her first double-double of her career, going for 15 points and 10 assists.
No. 15 K-State 23-6 (12-5)

Kansas State previously hosted Iowa State for its senior night game, resulting in a devastating 82-76 loss. Center Ayoka Lee was the lead contributor, scoring 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Even though the Wildcats will be playing away from home against the Lady Raiders, they have a lot to play for to end their small losing streak. In order for the Wildcats to defeat Texas Tech, they will need to protect the perimeter defensively, and attack the basket. 

Texas Tech 16-14 (5-12)

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders suffered a hard loss against TCU, totaling eight in a row. Guards Bailey Maupin and Jasmine Shavers were the leading scorers of the game, with 19 and 18 points respectively. With multiple Lady Raider players injured, their potential is limited against the Wildcats on Saturday. The Lady Raiders can be a potential threat to the Wildcats if they can connect beyond the arc and attack a struggling Wildcat defense.

Matchup to Watch:  

Sundell has seen a lot of success on the hardwood this season, averaging 11.9 points and 5.4 assists per game. She’s excelled in attacking the basket and drawing the fouls on layups, but she can also shoot the 3 if needed. 

Shavers has supplied the Lady Raiders with 14.8 points and 5 rebounds per game. She has been essential at the 3-point line at times, most recently shooting 5-7 on 3s against TCU. Shavers is able to attack the basket as well for the finish, but knows when to kick out to a teammate on the perimeter.

Although Shavers has a higher scoring percentage than Sundell, Sundell is a team player. With Sundell’s 5.4 assists per game, she has the ability to see the floor and provide shot opportunities for her teammates that she may not have. Shavers’ scoring and Sundell’s all around game will clash against each other with both controlling much of the pace of play.

Key Players

K-State

Center Ayoka Lee

Guard Jaelyn Glenn

Texas Tech 

Guard Bailey Maupin

Guard Jasmine Shavers

Prediction: 71-52 K-State 

 

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