For the second time in four days, Kansas State faced a ranked opponent. Today’s results were better in a relative sense, but exactly the same on the bottom line, as K-State dropped a 76-68 decision to Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
The Wildcats (8-5, 0-2 Big 12) dug themselves a deep hole early, trailing 42-26 at the half. But K-State fought back, winning each of the second-half quarters. Indeed, with just 6:44 to play, the Wildcats had closed the gap to a mere four points following a 22-7 run fueled by six straight points from Cymone Goodrich, a pair of 4-0 runs by both Goodrich and Kayla Goth, and a pair of threes from Rachel Ranke.
But the Cowgirls (11-2, 2-0 Big 12) reasserted control, reeling off a 10-2 run to build their lead back to a dozen with three minutes to go. The Cats got back within seven, but Oklahoma State was able to do their jobs at the free throw line.
Both teams had four players in double figures. Goth led the Cats with 17, while Peyton Williams added 15 and nine rebounds. Ranke had 13 points, and Goodrich 12. For the Cowgirls, Loryn Goodwin (21/11) and Kaylee Jensen (19/18) both had double-doubles; Mandy Coleman provided 17 points and Areanna Combs had 10.
The Cats remain on the road this week as they’ll head to Morgantown. It’ll be another tough outing, as West Virginia is currently ranked ninth in the land.