Their records are both very different, and after Wednesday night, probably so are their moods as the Kansas State women hit the road for Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
K-State is trying put together a strong finish to an otherwise disappointing season, while 15th-ranked Oklahoma State is trying not to limp into the postseason.
The Wildcats (11-16, 5-11 Big 12) are coming off one of their more memorable victories of the season — a 76-68 win over the rival Jayhawks in Lawrence on Wednesday night. Paced by a game-high 26 points from point guard Leti Romero, K-State charged out to a 21-0 lead and held on with a late push down the stretch to earn its second road win of the season.
Oklahoma State (21-6, 10-6), meanwhile, is coming off one of its most lopsided losses of the season — an 86-69 rout at home to Iowa State.
The final road game of the season for the Wildcats, Saturday’s game features two of the best point guards in the Big 12 in K-State’s Romero and the Cowgirls’ Tiffany Bias.
Romero is the Big 12’s top freshman scorer this season, averaging 14.4 points per game. The Spanish import has 388 points — the fourth-most by a freshman in school history — and the most since Laurie Koehn (459) and Kendra Wecker (446) during their 2001-02 freshmen seasons.
The 5-foot-8 guard has scored 20 points or more six times her debut her, but Romero has shown that she’s far more than just a scorer, as she also leads the Wildcats in rebounds (5.7) and assists (4.7) per game.
Oklahoma State counters with Bias, who also leads her team in scoring (14.4) and assists (6.3) per game. The Andover senior is a two-time All-Big 12 selection. She scored 22 points in the Cowgirls’ last victory, a 63-62 win at Texas Tech last weekend.
The Cowgirls, who have three players averaging in double figures, won the first meeting with the Wildcats, 58-51, in Manhattan on Jan. 8.
K-State will honor its three seniors — Chantay Caron, Katya Leick and Ashlynn Knoll — on Monday night in the regular season finale at home against TCU, beginning at 7.