MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State found themselves up 31-27 early in the second half, before a 23-6 run by No. 15/16 Oklahoma State propelled the Cowgirls to a 58-51 victory Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum. Ashia Woods led the Wildcats with 17 points.
The Wildcats (6-8, 0-3 Big 12) looked strong in the opening moments of the game, jumping out to an 11-8 lead and frustrating Oklahoma State (13-1, 2-1) with their defense. Chantay Caron scored a quick six points for the Wildcats to stake them to the early advantage.
The Cowgirls responded, going on an 18-4 run to take a 22-13 lead with 5:58 remaining in the half. K-State fought back in the final five minutes, with Breanna Lewis putting in a hook shot with three seconds to play in the frame to bring K-State to within four at the break, 27-23.
Poor three-point shooting hurt the Wildcats in the opening stanza, as the team went 1-of-12 (8.3%) from behind the arc. Overall, K-State shot 10-of-28 (35.7%) from the field in the first half, while OSU went 10-of-25 (40%).
The Wildcats opened the second half much like the first, scoring eight straight points to take a 31-27 lead with 16:45 left in the game. Three-pointers from Woods and Haley Texada helped give K-State their first lead since the opening minutes of the first-half.
However, just like the first half, Oklahoma State responded with a game-changing 23-6 run. The run spanned nearly 12 minutes, as the Cowgirls put the game away. The Wildcats would come as close as seven points in the final seconds, but could not make enough shots down the stretch as OSU pulled away for good.
K-State, which has now lost its first three conference games for the first time since the 1992-93 season, finished the night shooting 22-of-58 (37.9%) from the floor. The Wildcats were able to outscore OSU in the paint, 34-30.
Tiffany Bias and Kendra Suttles led the Cowgirls with 11 points apiece, with Brittney Martin chipping in 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Bias added nine assists to her final stat line.
K-State will look to end its three-game skid during a pair of road games at No. 22 Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Wildcats will take on the Sooners on Saturday at 7 p.m., before facing off against the Red Raiders on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Both games will be available on the K-State Sports Network.