Behind swarming, team basketball and tremendous outside shooting from senior Kaylee Page, Kansas State (11-6, 3-3) led by as many as 22 and won easily Saturday over No. 20/22 Oklahoma State (12-4, 3-2), 80-64.
When the the two teams met in Stillwater on New Year’s Eve, K-State gave up 20 offensive rebounds and lost 76-68. The Cowgirls grabbed 18 offensive boards today, but K-State did so many other things well that it just didn’t matter.
Page made five of her first six three-point shots and 6-of-12 overall, for 20 points. Shaelyn Martin changed the game by driving, cutting to the bucket to beat double-teams, and most of all, by attacking the glass on both ends of the floor. Filling up the stat sheet, she contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
K-State was out-rebounded 46-34, but more than made up for that deficiency by shooting 44.9 percent from the field while holding Oklahoma State to 33.3 percent, forcing 17 turnovers (to K-State’s 9), and scoring their highest point total in league play all season. K-State had 23 assists on 31 field goals. Oklahoma State had nine total assists for the game.
Kaylee Jensen, a giant of a human being and a match-up problem for nearly everyone not named Texas or Baylor, had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Peyton Williams rose to the challenge of opposing Jansen, with 18 points (on 8-11 shooting) and 9 rebounds. Rachel Ranke (12) and Kayla Goth (11) joined Williams, Martin and Page in double figures. With 10 assists to go along with her 11 points, Goth also accompanied Martin in the double-double club.
K-State has won a game against a Top-25 team each of the last 12 seasons. Today, they got their second such win, with half the schedule left to play. In their next game, the Mittiecats will host Okalahoma (8-8, 3-2) Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.