Losses continue to pile up as K-State drops Sunflower Showdown

Following through, senior guard Gabby Gregory shoots a free throw. The Wildcats beat Texas Christian University 64-48 on January 21, 2023 (Archive photo by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s basketball team ended up on the losing side of the scorecard as they fell to their in-state rivals the Kansas Jayhawks, 85-72, on Sunday to fall to 13-9 on the season.

The losing effort came as guard Gabby Gregory scored 25 points and guards Brylee and Jaelyn Glenn each scored in the double figures. The offense sputtered yet again to 38% field goal shooting as a team and 35% from 3-point range on the night.

K-State couldn’t stop the two-headed monster of juniors Wyvette Mayberry, who dropped a game-high 26 points, and Taiyanna Jackson, who scored 21 and collected 12 rebounds to go along with six assists and four steals.

The major difference in the game came down to shooting the basketball and rebounding. The Jayhawks outshot the Wildcats by over 10% (49% for the Jayhawks, 38% for the Wildcats) and out-rebounded them 41 to 31. 

For the Wildcats, the team is 2-7 since the calendar shifted from 2022 to 2023. Sitting in second-to-last in the Big 12 standings, things are going to have to change in the final month of the season if they want to get into the Big 12 Tournament and even the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. 

The team continues the road trip as they head to Ames, Iowa, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.