No offense and no rebounding equaled no contest.
It was over early.
The Missouri women’s basketball team lost 87-44 to No. 23-ranked Kansas State on Tuesday night in Manhattan. This was the Tigers’ lowest scoring game of the season, and its worse defeat ever in conference play.
“We need to regroup here, and put the wheels back on,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said.The Tigers’ (7-7, 1-2) offensive woes began in the first half against the Wildcats’ (11-3, 2-1).
Missouri was down 39-15 at halftime.
The Tigers’ shot a dismal 23 percent from the floor, including 1-for-10 from the 3-point line.
Missouri finished the game shooting 31.8 percent.
The Wildcats’ out-rebounded the Tigers’ 13-to-26 in the first half, scoring 11 second-chance points.
Missouri was out-rebounded 21-to-44 in the game.Kansas State’s Kendra Wecker did what she does best, took the game over.
Wecker, a 5-foot-11 forward, finished with a double-double.
She scored 25 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and five assists.
Teammate Laurie Koehn shot 5-for-10 from beyond the 3-point line and finished with 21 points.
Missouri’s point guard LaToya Bond battled for her 14 points.
Teammate Brooks could not deliver a win in her return to Manhattan. She transferred to Missouri last January after leaving the Wildcats’ program.
After coming off a 30-point game against Nebraska on Jan. 8, Brooks finished with 13 points.
“I think LaToya and Tiffany are always playing hard, trying to create something offensively for us,” Stein said.
Missouri turned the ball over 22 times, compared to 13 for the Wildcats’.
Stein added that many of her players are suffering from injuries, which keeps them from playing at 100 percent.
Missouri plays on the road against No.24-ranked Iowa State (12-1, 1-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m.