Women’s basketball falls short of 22-point comeback 

Dribbling past an opponent, sophomore guard Serena Sundell moves across the court. Kansas State played the University of Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb.12, falling to the Sooners, 85-68.(Archive photo by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State women’s basketball lost to Oklahoma after an improbable 22-point comeback to fall to 16-14 (5-12) on the season.

It was an up-and-down night for the Wildcats, failing to keep the consistent offense in the first quarter of the game. The Sooners were all over the board in the quarter, scoring 57% from the field with three 3’s to put Oklahoma up big.

K-State was able to rally in the second to match Oklahoma’s scoring. Entering the second half, the Wildcats gained new momentum and began creating defensive turnovers, outscoring Oklahoma 28-13 in the third quarter.

The Wildcats continued their pressure in the fourth, eventually gaining the lead with under nine minutes left in regulation. Oklahoma would continue to respond quickly going back up by six points with under six minutes left to play.

It would all come down to the last few seconds of regulation. Guard Gabby Gregory went 1-2 on free throws late. Oklahoma called a timeout with five seconds left to set up Skylar Vann for a clutch layup to send the game to overtime.

The Wildcats ran out of steam in overtime. Oklahoma maintained a lead the entirety of the period to finish with the final score of 90-86.

Guard Serena Sundell put on another stellar performance, scoring a career-high 33 points, four assists and three rebounds. This would mark the first time in her career that she eclipsed 30 points and the 10th time scoring in double figures.

Guard Jaelyn Glenn also showed out, scoring 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Glenn continues to be a threat for opposing offenses, leading the league in steals with 67 and coming in second in steals per game percentage.

Four Wildcats put up double figures on the night, tying their highest-scoring conference game of the season — a mark of optimism in another road loss. Gregory was able to score 16 against her former team, coming second in rebounding with six.

The Wildcats return home for senior night in Bramlage at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, facing No. 12 Texas to end their regular season.