Wildcats look to upset No. 16 Sooners

Senior guard Kindred Wesemann runs toward the basket during the K-State game against Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 11, 2017, where the Wildcats beat the Cyclones 80-68. (File Photo by Alanud Alanazi | The Collegian)

Fresh off a comeback win against TCU, the Kansas State women’s basketball team will take on the No. 16 Oklahoma Sooners at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bramlage Coliseum.

It will be the second time the Wildcats face the Sooners this season. They lost the previous meeting in overtime 85-80 in Norman, Oklahoma on Jan. 4.

Five Wildcats scored in double figures in that game, led by junior guard Karyla Middlebrook’s 27. Oklahoma narrowly stymied a Wildcat comeback attempt, outscoring the Wildcats 18-13 in overtime after getting outscored 23-13 in the fourth quarter by the Wildcats.

Senior guard Kindred Wesemann is on fire for the Wildcats, leading the team in scoring in the last four games, and in five of the last six. Senior center Breanna Lewis has also been a force offensively. One of the two has led the team in scoring in 21 of their 27 games this season.

The Sooners are led by redshirt senior guard Peyton Little, who averages 13 points per game. She also leads the Sooners in average minutes per game and has started all 27 games for the Sooners this season.

Tonight’s game starts what will be a grueling seven days for the Wildcats. After tonight’s game against the Sooners, they will travel to Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks on Saturday. Just two days later, they’ll end the regular season with a game against No. 6 Texas.

Then it will be on to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The Wildcats have clinched a first round bye and will play March 4, opponent and time still to be determined.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.