MORGANTOWN W.Va- Wednesday night, the Kansas State Wildcats (5-4) will fly into Morgantown to take on the Mountaineers (10-2) for the delayed, first head-to-head matchup between the two.
The two were supposed to play on the fifth of January in Manhattan, before a COVID-19 outbreak in the Wildcat team paused play, cancelling five games for KSU.
With the outbreak, the Wildcats haven’t played a game in just under a month, and were riding a two game losing streak prior to the closure.
The Wildcats are led offensively by Ayoke Lee and Rachel Ranke.
Lee, a national player of the year candidate, missed the first two games of the season due to an ankle injury, but has bounced back in a significant way leading her team in ppg (16.9,) field goal percentage (.632,) rebounds (6.6,) and blocks (2.0.) These numbers also put her name at or close to the top, in many categories for the entire Big 12 conference.
The Mountaineers have continued to have success over this stretch due to a balanced scoring attack. Although Kysre Gondrezick leads the team with 20.4 ppg, Esmery Martinez, Kirsten Deans, and Madisen Smith all average double-digit scoring this season.
The Mountaineers have won five straight contests dating back to December 21st, but are still searching for their respect nationally, appearing just out of the AP top 25 this week. A sixth straight win, and an 11-2 record may just get them a ranking next to their name if they can keep the momentum going tomorrow night.
Spectators other than family and friends are not allowed in the Coliseum until January 24th, when WVU Athletics will then make a decision moving forward, likely spanning for the rest of the season.
The game will tip-off at 7:00 PM and will be available for stream on the ESPN+.