K-State Comeback Comes Up Short Against Sooners
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Haley Texada together a career-high effort for K-State on Wednesday night, but it was not enough to overcome No. 23 Oklahoma, as the Sooners defeated the Wildcats for the 11th straight time, 74-68. K-State has now dropped three straight.
Texada led K-State (12-10, 3-7 Big 12) with a career-high 25 points as she was 10-of-18 shooting and hit three shots from beyond the arc. She was joined in double figures by Mariah White and Brittany Chambers with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Chambers posted her 12th career double-double as she led the team with 11 rebounds. White pocketed a pair of steals, as the Wildcats tallied 11 on the night.
Oklahoma (17-5, 7-3) was led by Aaryn Ellenberg with 18 points as the entire starting lineup for the Sooners scored in double digits. Sharane Campbell added 14, Nicole Griffin netted 13, Morgan Hook scored 11 and Joanna McFarland contributed 10 points. McFarland was a force on the glass with 15 rebounds to lead all players.
The first half opened with the Wildcats hitting from deep early and opening up a 6-point lead, up 10-4 before Oklahoma would find its stroke from long range as well. The Sooners hit five shots from beyond the arc to take a 25-15 lead after going on an 18-3 run before the under-8 media timeout.
The Wildcats and Sooners would combine for 11 3-pointers made in the opening stanza, but OU would continue riding the momentum it gained to take a 35-25 lead into the half.
Bri Craig led the Wildcats in scoring in the first half with seven points hitting deep from the corner once and hitting two other mid-range jumpers. Chambers had six points with two made 3-pointers and also had five rebounds.
Out of the break K-State went on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to only five points, but Oklahoma quickly responded with a 4-0 run to push the lead back to nine five minutes into the half. K-State began forcing OU into poor shot selection after the first media timeout and clawed to within three points, 42-39, with 12 minutes remaining in the half as Texada provided a spark with a number of layups on drives to the basket.
Again the lead was extended out only to see the Wildcats make it a one-possession game again trailing by only two points with nine minutes to play in the contest, and it was a close battle from there on out.
Texada hit a pair of free throws with 2:46 remaining to pull K-State to within three points again, trailing 63-60. After OU made a basket, the Sooners were able to put the game away at the free-throw line.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday when they hit the road to take on Iowa State at 1 p.m. from Hilton Coliseum. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams with the Cyclones making a return visit to Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 23.
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