Wildcats fall in WNIT Super 16 to Washington

Guard Gabby Gregory high-fives her teammates in the game against Wyoming in the WNIT second round. K-State won the contest, 71-55. (Archive photo by Reece Bachta | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team ended their season in the WNIT Super 16. K-State lost to the Washington Huskies 55-48.

The Wildcats started the game off strong even as guard Jaelyn Glenn fell into early foul trouble. K-State finished the first quarter with a 14-9 lead with five Wildcats scoring in the quarter. 

The second quarter continued similarly to the first, and K-State held a 25-17 lead at the break. Guard Gabby Gregory scored 12 of the team’s first half points with only 3-pointers, two of which coming in the final 75 seconds of the half.

In reaching the Super 16, Washington struggled in its first halves of the WNIT but emerged in the second. The Huskies once again flipped the switch out of the break.

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Washington brought the lead down to one in under four minutes of play and took the lead at the five-minute mark. Washington took a 37-32 lead as the quarter expired with guard Trinity Oliver scoring nine of the Huskies’ 20 third quarter points. 

K-State bounced back and quickly regained a 38-37 lead off of a 3-pointer from forward Sarah Shematsi. After three minutes of scoreless basketball, Washington regained the lead and never gave it back. Oliver and forwards Dalayah Daniels and Haley Van Dyke scored all but two of the Huskies’ remaining points.

Gregory led the Wildcats with 21 points on the loss, with guard Serena Sundell as the only other Wildcat in double figures with 10. Daniels and Trinity each led Washington with 17 points.

The Wildcats season concludes with a 19-17 record in a year without star center Ayoka Lee — who is slated to return for the 2023-24 season.