K-State offense dominates in Baylor upset

Guard Serena Sundell looks to make an in-bounds play against the Baylor Bears on Feb. 15. The Wildcats won at home in the match-up, 87-68. (Madison Riebel | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State women’s basketball upset the Baylor Bears 87-68 to grab their fourth conference win. The victory comes as the Wildcats’ second upset at Bramlage Coliseum in February after defeating then No. 12 Iowa State 78-77.

The first quarter, and much of the second quarter, saw even play. Neither team could pull away as both had answers on offense.

However, K-State started to pull away with just a couple minutes until halftime. Led by guard Serena Sundell, who was a perfect 4-4 on field goals in the first half, the Wildcats ended the half on an 11-3 run. 

Sundell wasn’t alone in the first half. The Wildcats offense recorded a 57.7% field goal percentage including 46.7% from 3-point land. Guard Gabby Gregory hit three of K-State’s 3-pointers and had 14 first half points. K-State led 42-33. 

Sundell and Gregory picked up right where they left off out of the break. The duo picked up the first eight points for the Wildcats in the second half. 

Guards Emilee Ebert and Brylee Glenn quickly joined in for the scoring frenzy. K-State went on a run of eight consecutive field goals falling in the third quarter and led by 15 going into the final quarter. 

The Wildcat offense stayed hot. A 7-0 run early in the quarter saw the K-State lead reach 19. Baylor was unable to mount a comeback.

Four Wildcats finished in double figures between Gregory, Sundell, Brylee Glenn and guard Jaelyn Glenn. Gregory led all scorers with 26 and 10 rebounds — her second double-double this season. 

K-State finished the game shooting 60.4% from the field — the first time a Baylor opponent shot over 60% since 2000.  

The Wildcats still have work to get onto the bubble for the NCAA tournament starting with a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.