Wildcats look to break losing streak

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Then-sophomore guard Kindred Wesemann makes her way past Oklahoma guard Gioya Carter during the second half of the game on Feb. 21, 2015 at Bramlage Coliseum. (File Photo by Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

The 2015-16 season for the K-State women’s basketball team has been quite the roller coaster. The Wildcats’ 10-1 start was fantastic, especially considering that their first loss was to the No. 1 University of Connecticut Huskies.

When Big 12 play started, the Wildcats lost their first four games. They responded to that losing streak by rattling off four wins in a row.

Now K-State is on another losing streak. The Wildcats have lost three games in a row after their 20-point loss at West Virginia on Saturday, but they’ll look to snap that streak today as they host the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale has her team rolling right now.

The Sooners enter tonight’s game with a 16-6 overall record and a 7-4 record in the Big 12. Their record earned them a fifth place spot in the conference and a No. 21 ranking in the Associated Press poll. The Sooners have also won three of their last four games after defeating TCU on Saturday.

On the floor, Oklahoma is led by senior Kaylon Williams and junior Peyton Little.

Williams is the statistical leader for the Sooners. She is averaging 13.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, which is a result of her size advantage. Williams stands at 6 feet 3 inches in the forward position. She will be the matchup for K-State’s junior forward Breanna Lewis, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall. Lewis is averaging 16 points, seven rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. This will be a critical matchup for the Wildcats if they want to snap this losing streak.

Little couples Williams’ production by also bringing double-digit points to each game. She averages 11.7 points per game and helps keep the offense moving by averaging 2.3 assists per game.

While the Wildcats are looking to snap one streak, they will also look to keep a different streak alive.

K-State has beaten a team that is ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll every season for the last nine years. They extended this streak last season by beating the then-ranked No. 20 Texas Longhorns. K-State has not beaten a ranked team yet this season.

The Wildcats have one streak to snap and another streak to extend. Tonight’s game could be the night it comes together for K-State.

Tipoff between K-State and Oklahoma is set for 7 p.m. inside Bramlage Coliseum.

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