Wildcats bounce back against Northern Colorado

Anticipating the next play, freshman forward Eliza Maupin looks across the court during the game against University of Central Arkansas on November 8, 2022 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats won 83-43 in their season home opener. (Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State women’s basketball defeated the Northern Colorado Bears 71-59. The victory comes after last week’s loss to South Dakota State. The team stands 10-2 with one remaining game before conference play. 

K-State only led by five after the first quarter, but the Wildcat lead could’ve been much larger. The Wildcats shot 50% from the field, with three makes from beyond the arc making the difference. On the other hand, the Bears were held to a mere 20% field goal percentage.

This trend of lockdown defense and shooting at a high clip only became more dramatic at the second quarter’s start. The Wildcats made their first four shots and forced four quick Northern Colorado turnovers. 

K-State led by as many as 15, but a late field goal drought of nearly four minutes allowed Northern Colorado to take momentum going into halftime. Each team tallied 24 in the second quarter and K-State led 41-36.

The third quarter was an offensive struggle on both ends, but K-State was able to pick up a few late baskets to stretch their lead to 13 points going into the final 12 minutes.

Each team struggled in the fourth quarter, and K-State experienced its second field goal drought of the game totaling nearly six minutes. Senior guard Gabby Gregory ended the drought with a three-pointer that largely iced the game. 

Gregory led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounds with 20 points and nine rebounds, nearly recording a double-double. Sophomore Brylee Glenn had an impressive performance on both sides of the ball with 17 points and six steals. 

The Wildcats will face another pack of bears in the Morgan State Lady Bears at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Bramlage Coliseum.