SAMORIN, Slovakia — The Kansas State women’s basketball team concluded its European exhibition tour in style, rolling to a 103-56 victory over BK Samorin on Saturday.
The Wildcats avenged an 84-76 loss to BK Samorin on Thursday, concluding the trip with a 2-2 record.
“We came back knowing we had to finish this tour strong,” said Peyton Williams, a sophomore forward from Topeka. “We took the last game and knew we couldn’t play like we did in the third quarter of that game (Thursday). We wanted to come back and play strong and fight through.”
The Wildcats held a 27-11 lead after the first quarter then pulled away in the second quarter by outscoring BK Samorin 36-13 with 10 points from Eternati Willock.
Williams scored 14 of K-State’s 22 points in the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter the Wildcats turned in a strong defensive effort when BK Samorin scored only nine points on three field goals.
“Early in the game we had good energy but not great shot selection,” Wildcats coach Jeff Mittie said. “We had some individual plays that were good. The last time we played this team we had five assists in the first half. This time we had 13 in the first half, the majority of those in the second quarter. I thought our shot selection got better.
“We have so many young ones out there, they tend to think every shot is a good shot. We had a big size advantage on the inside and we needed to explore that more often. As the game went on, we did just that.”
Willock and Williams both posted a double-double with Willock totaling 21 points and 11 rebounds while Williams had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kaylee Page, a senior from Wamego, scored 16 points with six rebounds, finishing the tour with an 11.3 scoring average.
“Everybody had bright spots on this trip,” Mittie said. “We had enough adversity that I think it was a purposeful trip. The education you get on a trip like this is invaluable. We’ll be in five countries in the 11 days. There are so many things that are off-the-court lessons to our team.
“On the court, certainly for a young team, having to fight through just different things — whether it be fatigue or a stretch of not playing well — all of those things can carry over.”
Kansas State … 27 … 36 … 22 … 18 … — … 103
BK Samorin … 11 … 13 … 23 … 9 … — 56
K-State statistics (points-rebounds-assists) — Page 16-6-2, Goodrich 14-3-7, Wiggins 0-3-3, Williams 20-12-1, Ranke 11-3-2, Willock 21-11-1, Ray 4-4-0, Lakes 12-7-1, Martin 5-6-4.