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Wildcats fall to No. 25 Oklahoma State

By The Mercury

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Kansas State women’s basketball team was hot from behind the arc to start the game Saturday, but it didn’t last as No. 25 Oklahoma State answered and cruised to an 80-45 victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

With a strong interior game, the Cowgirls dismantled the undersized Wildcats, handing K-State its third straight loss on the road.

The Wildcats, who have lost five of their last six games, were paced by Bri Craig’s 17 points. The freshman was 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Haley Texada and Brittany Chambers scored nine points apiece, while Mariah White added six points.

Oklahoma State (18-6, 7-6 Big 12) was led by the interior duo of Toni Young and Kendra Suttles. Young notched her 11th double-double of the season with 23 points and 18 rebounds, while Suttles added 19 points and 10 boards.

The Wildcats (13-12, 4-9) started where they left off from the last meeting with the Cowgirls, connecting on 5 of 7 3-pointers in the first nine minutes of the game to jump out to a 17-11 lead.

Texada had the hot hand early, knocking down three of her first four attempts. In the Wildcats’ 76-70 overtime win in Manhattan on Jan. 23, K-State registered a school-record 16 made 3-pointers.

The Cowgirls rallied back, though, using a 17-2 run over an eight-minute stretch midway through the half to push them into a 35-24 lead at the break. Suttles helped extend the run with nine straight points. During the Oklahoma State run, K-State was 0-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Early in the second half, the Wildcats were unable to make up the halftime deficit as the teams traded baskets for the first six minutes with Oklahoma State holding onto a 49-35 lead with 13:54 to play.

The Wildcats, who shot just 29 percent from the field, cut the deficit to 12 at 55-43 with 9:53 to play on a Chantay Caron layup, but the Cowgirls would close out the game on a devastating 25-2 run.

Oklahoma State shot 54 percent from the field and outrebounded K-State 50-22 — resulting in a 20-0 advantage in second-chance points. The Wildcats were 9 of 34 from behind the arc just 4 of 11 at the free-throw line.

K-State will conclude its two-game road trip to the state of Oklahoma Wednesday night, as the Wildcats visit the Oklahoma Sooners at 7 p.m.

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