Ranke’s career-high performance sparks Wildcats to win over Oklahoma

Then-freshman guard Rachel Ranke looks for an opening in the game against OU in Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 17, 2018. (Archive photo by Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s basketball team took down the Oklahoma Sooners 83-75 Sunday afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma, to end the Wildcats’ 11-game losing streak in Lloyd Noble Center.

Three-point shots were a big part of the win for the Wildcats. They made 14 out of 28 three-pointers, totaling 42 points — more than half of the total points they scored in this game.

Five different Wildcats — senior guard Kayla Goth, junior forward Peyton Williams, sophomore guard Rachel Ranke, freshman guard Christianna Carr and junior forward Jasauen Beard — made at least one three-pointer in this game.

Out of those five players, Ranke was on fire in a career-high performance, shooting an 8-of-14 from behind the three-point line to score 24 points in the Wildcats’ win.

It all started for Ranke at the four-minute mark of the first quarter, making her first 3-pointer of the game to give the Wildcats an early 11-4 lead. Going into the second quarter, the Wildcats took an 18-12 lead and were in control for the rest of the game, holding the lead through all four quarters.

Behind Ranke was Carr with 15 points, Goth and Williams with 13 points each and Beard with 10 points.

Oklahoma guard Ana Llanusa scored the most points of anyone in the game with a stellar 33 points. Llanusa shot 10-for-20 from the field and 5-of-14 from beyond the arc, but it wasn’t enough to score a win for the Sooners.

Both teams shot evenly in field goal percentage at 45 percent, but the Wildcats were able to make more three-pointers (14) than the Sooners (8) to take the game.

With this win, the Wildcats’ record improves to 15-9 overall and 6-6 in Big 12 Conference play. The next action for K-State will be when they host the Baylor Bears at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bramlage Coliseum.