For sophomore guard Haley Texada it was almost a perfect night; the only thing missing was a win. Texada finished with a career-high 25 points, adding six rebounds and three steals. K-State played a scrappy game, but the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners proved to be too much and escaped with a 74-68 win.
“I thought that she obviously was a great offensive threat at the rim today, and was still aggressive on the perimeter as well,” said K-State head coach Deb Patterson on Texada’s performance. “[Texada was] very very critical in us making that run in the second half, extremely competitive, did not give up on plays on the offensive end.”
K-State trailed by 10 going into halftime. Of Texada’s 25 points, 20 came in the second half which allowed the Wildcats to make it a one possession game on multiple occasions. With 2:46 left in the game, K-State was able to cut the lead to three before letting Oklahoma go on a 7-3 run.
“I’m proud of how hard we competed. I thought we managed the basketball game and kept it close and competitive,” Patterson said. “We put ourselves in position to compete the final minutes for a win.”
The offense was there for the Wildcats against Oklahoma. K-State outscored the Sooners 43-39 in the second half, but the 10 point first half deficit proved too much to over come.
Senior guard Brittany Chambers finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She was third on the team in points behind Texada and senior guard Mariah White who finished with 15.
“I think in the first half I tried to force too many shots around the rim when I needed to find my pivot and kick it out,” Chambers said. “I think the second half we did a much better job of that and made adjustments, but in the first half, they showed a ton of attention to me on the drive as well as everyone else.”
The Wildcats struggled to find success from behind the arc. The team finished with 9-32 from long range while the Sooners finished 10-20.
“I think offensively there are some segments when we look a little disjointed. We put a little more pressure on ourselves,” Patterson said. “It’s unfortunate because we are getting a lot of open threes that are not going down, and that it is just the reality.”
K-State has now dropped three games in a row since upsetting Oklahoma State. The Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Ames, Iowa to play the Iowa State Cyclones.