MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second consecutive game, turnovers did UT Arlington in as Kansas State topped the Lady Mavericks 70-56 on Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Lady Mavs (5-3) held the lead for the first 14:25, but a 16-0 run in the second quarter proved the difference for the Wildcats as they would lead remainder, improving to 6-2 overall. Meeting for the fourth consecutive season, K-State improved to 5-0 all-time in the series.
Rebekah VanDijk picked up her 39th-career double-double with a team-high 20 points and 15 rebounds, her second consecutive and second in four appearances against K-State. The boards were one short of her career high. Scoring four points early in the game, VanDijk surpassed Tracy Burr for seventh in UTA history for scoring, as well as moving up to 15th in the Sun Belt in career rebounding with 919.
A string of hot shooting in the third put Crystal Allen into double figures as the senior scored 14, her fifth double-figure game of the season.
Kansas State was led by junior guard Kayla Goth. The Big 12's leading field-goal shooter finished with a game-high 25 points.
UTA continues its three-game road trip, all against Power 5 opponents, when it heads to WNIT finalist Georgia Tech on Sunday. The matchup is featured on the ACC Network and tips at 1 p.m. CT.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Quarter: It was a pair of 3-pointers that got UTA going in the first quarter as both Shelby Richards and Aysia Evans connected from long range. VanDijk joined with Jennifer Parker to swat away a combined three shots and the Lady Mavs held K-State without a field goal for the first five minutes.
A 7-0 run pulled K-State back in the quarter, but another two blocks by the duo swatted shots away in the fin seconds of the frame to keep the Lady Mavs up 14-12.
Second Quarter: After UTA scored the first four point of the quarter, K-State answered back with its second 7-0 run of the day to force the Lady Mavs into a timeout. Helped along by five turnovers, the Wildcats made it a 14-0 run before UTA could answer with a Richards 3-pointer. UTA turned the ball over six times during the second.
Third Quarter: K-State opened the quarter on a 14-5 run to build up its biggest lead at 16 points midway through the quarter. Crystal Allen would give UTA a lifeline, knocking down three treys on four attempts, scoring nine of UTA's 11 points in a run that trimmed the deficit down to 11. Despite seven turnovers in the third, UTA found itself down just 13 going to the final 10 minutes.
Fourth Quarter: Despite a run of more than three minutes without a point, UTA couldn’t find an answer to bring it any closer than 14 points until under three minutes left. Four consecutive UTA field goals brought it to 13 as K-State went three minutes without a field goal, but that was as close as the Lady Mavs could edge.
KEY STATS: K-State held a 27-10 edge in points off turnovers, turning over UTA 19 times… UTA out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-33, its first time in the four-game series outrebounding the Wildcats. … K-State knocked down 5-of-17 3-point attempts to cut into's UTA's nation-leading 19.1 percent given up entering.
FOLLOW THE MAVS SOCIALLY
For up-to-date news, photos, videos and updates you can follow UTA sports program online at UTAMavs.com or via any of several social media accounts on Twitter @UTAMavs, Instagram @UTAMavs, Snapchat @UTAMavs and Facebook at UTArlingtonAthletics.
WBB: Lady Mavs take defensive battle with Cajuns
WBB: Lady Mavs set for key matchup at Cajundome
WBB: VanDijk sets all-time rebound record in win vs. ULM
WBB: All-time rebounding record within sights
WBB: Defense Leads Mavs Past Bobcats in Overtime
WBB: UTA hosts Bobcats in rivalry matchup on Saturday