Jacks trounced by Kansas State



You can say SDSU lost to a power conference, a Big 12 team with some name recognition. Or, you can take a look at the math and wonder what happened.

The Jacks had their poorest performances shooting from the field in more than 10 years in a 63-46 loss, recording just 11 field goals on 22 percent shooting in a tie for their most-lopsided defeat at home since turning Division I in front of 3,302 fans at Frost Arena Saturday night.

Adding insult to injury, SDSU tallied six more turnovers than field goals, had one player finish in double figures scoring, and almost matched their offensive output from the free throw line as they did shooting from the floor.

“We’re just not working as a team,” said junior forward Katie Lingle, who finished with 10 points, which on this night managed to mark a team-high. “A lot of individuality, we need to be aggressive and not rely on one person to get it done.”

Some of the shooting figures are staggering. SDSU started 0 of 16 from field goal range, then sat at 2 of 30 and didn’t score their first point until more than eight minutes into the game. That would almost certainly go down as the most forgettable performances offensively in program history, but the Jacks shot 22 percent and also scored 22 points against Cincinnati in Cancun, Mexico just three weeks ago.

As for the Wildcats, they turned out a less-than stellar offensive showing of their own. Point guard Brittany Chambers scored 18 points to lead Kansas State, but on 17 shots from the field. Their bench managed to combine for seven points. But with a 24-point lead in the second half, they didn’t need much firepower.

“We got out to a great start in stringing up some stops and making it an uphill climb,” said Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson. “Tonight it was, for us, about our defense.”

Kansas State entered the game allowing more than 60 points twice all season and allow an average of 53 points per game. Meanwhile, this marks the fourth game or so coach Aaron Johnston believes the Jacks’ offense has shown a complete lack of order.

It’s appearing like SDSU either plays really good, like in their biggest wins over Utah State and Washington State last month, or really awful.

“Defensively, I thought we played well enough to win,” he said. “But it didn’t seem like it because we were down 20, we missed a lot of easy shots.”