Women’s Basketball Recap: K-State 64 Oklahoma 73

By: Alec Gartner

The second ranked team in the Big 12, Oklahoma, held a 30-25 lead going into the break after a back and forth first half. Nevertheless, the Cats dug a big hole early in the second half, and could never claw their way back. Ultimately, The Cats lost to the Sooners 73-64.

Halftime Thoughts: Peyton Little was the story of the game scoring 16 of her 30 points in the first half. K-State could not stop this Oklahoma guard. But the Wildcats had a sharp shooter of their own, Kindred Wesemann, who had two 3’s and a total of 10 points to keep K-State within reach of the Sooners. K-State was without major outputs from Haley Texada, Breanna Lewis, and Shaelyn Martin in the first half, totaling five points all together.

Player of the Game: Scoring more than 41% of Oklahoma’s offense, naming Peyton Little the MVP doesn’t do her justice. Not only did she score 30 points, which included 8-10 three pointers, she shot 69% from the field, perfect from the free throw line, and had six rebounds to add to her performance. Little was one of two Sooners to score in double figures, while all other players had no more than six.

Game Defining Event: Less than three minutes into the second half, Martin made two free throws to cut the Oklahoma lead to 35-29. Then, Oklahoma went on an 11-0 run in just over three minutes, giving them a lead of seventeen. Although K-State tried to make several comebacks throughout the game, they never got within eight.

Up Next: K-State, now 15-11 on the season and 5-10 in conference, has three games remaining. All three teams are in the bottom half of the Big 12: KU, TCU, and West Virginia. The Wildcats, defeated in the past three games, still have a lot to play for. K-State has most likely lost their chance at the NCAA tournament but a high seed in the WNIT should still be on their radar.

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Women’s Basketball Recap: K-State 68 Texas Tech 74

Eric Willard and Deandre Johnson calling the shots for KSDB.
Eric Willard and Deandre Johnson calling the shots for KSDB.

By Charlsie Craig

The Kansas State University Lady Cats fell to the NO. 9 Texas Tech Raiders, 74-68. Top performers in the game were Breanna Lewis from KSU and Rayven Brooks from TTU. Lewis ended the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Brooks came out with 26 points, 5 assists, and 1 steal. KSU, with a field goal average of 40%, struggled to keep up with Texas. This loss leaves the Cats at 15-9, which now places them at NO. 6 in the Big 12.

Halftime Thoughts: The game started off slow but picked up with 10 minutes left in first half. With Texas Tech in full court defense it was difficult for the Lady Cats to drive in. Pressuring KSU was Texas Techs’ key to win this game. Freshman Shaelyn Martin fought with all of her energy and effort, earning herself two charges. To win this game the Lady Cats needed to start making shots, keep up the momentum, and play as a team.

Game-Defining Event: At 1:20 left in the second half, a crucial call was made for KSU after the ball went off court. The referees had to decide who would have the ball. Luckily, the referees ruled in the Lady Cats favor. With this call, KSU was able to make a clean play and add two more points on the board. The shot was taken by Haley Texada, making the score 61-60.

Up Next: On Wednesday, February 18, the Cats will travel to Austin, Texas to face the NO. 7 Lady Longhorns. The Cats recently played Texas at Bramlage Coliseum and came out with a 66-57 win. Currently the Lady Longhorns are 16-8 for the season. The key to winning will be to put more points in the paint, fast break, and have little to no turnovers. Tip off is a 7 PM.

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Men’s Basketball Recap: K-State 59 #17 Oklahoma 56

Evan Penner and Lance Leonard had the call for KSDB.
Evan Penner and Lance Leonard had the call for KSDB.

By: Brett Bachelor

The Cats snap a 5 game losing streak in a nail biting 59-56 win versus the No.17 Sooners of Oklahoma. Marcus Foster, with yet another game winning three, most likely gave Sooner fans a little Déjà vu of K-State’s recent win in Norman. Foster led the Cats in scoring at 14 points followed by Nino Williams with 13 points and 8 Rebounds. The Cats now stand at an even 13-13 record.

Halftime Thoughts: The first half was a free throw battle. OU kept the lead throughout almost the whole half; the Cats were able to get to a 1-point deficit at the half. Wesley Iwundu hit a nice 3-pointer at the end of the half to get the crowd riled up and give the Cats some momentum to end the half.

Player of the Game: Foster’s 14 points and game-winning three led the Wildcats to defeating the Sooners. It is very impressive for him to bounce back after suspension to play a great game like this.

Game-Defining Event: Well, folks, I’ll say it again, the game-defining event was Foster’s game winning 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds to play in regulation. The crowd went absolutely berserk. If not for this shot, the game could have gone into overtime.

Up Next: The Cats travel to Forth Worth to face the TCU Horned Frogs on February 18th at 7:00 PM. The Horned Frogs have a 15-10 overall record and a 2-10 record in the Big 12. The Cats were able to win the last match up in Manhattan, but can they do it again on the 18th in Forth Worth?

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