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.