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Kansas State beats No. 4 Iowa in an exhilarating fourth quarter comeback

The Ok-State Wildcats performed the College of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears on Nov. 8, 2022 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats gained 83-43 of their season house opener. (Archive photograph by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State pulls off an upset over No. 4 Iowa 84-83, transferring the Wildcats to 3-0 on the season. 

The win marks the fifth time in program historical past it has crushed a top-5 ranked AP opponent, and the second time in two seasons the Wildcats have gained in opposition to a top-10 opponent.

The final quarter of the sport noticed Ok-State crawl again from a seven-point deficit, with key scoring performs made by sophomore guard Serena Sundell to maintain tempo with Iowa’s offense.

Within the remaining 4 minutes, Ok-State’s graduate pupil ahead Sarah Shematsi scored her sixth 3-pointer of the sport, marking her profession excessive of 3-pointers in a single recreation. She lower the Iowa lead down to 2, shifting the momentum in Ok-State’s favor.

Sophomore guard Jaelyn Glenn made an enormous play for the Wildcats within the third minute, capturing a pivotal steal and rating. Iowa’s Caitlin Clark responded, sinking a 3 from deep to place Iowa again up three. 

Gabby Gregory would end the sport off for the Wildcats, getting 4 fouls within the remaining three minutes of the sport to go 6-8 on free throw makes an attempt, having her remaining try rebounded by Iowa who shortly referred to as for a timeout. 

With three seconds left within the recreation, Iowa inbounded the ball to Monika Czinano driving to the basket with the ultimate second in regulation. A foul could be referred to as on the play, however after evaluate the officers dominated the ball didn’t go away Czinano’s hand in time, ending the sport.

Ok-State’s younger core would make a heavy affect on the sport — Gregory, Sundell and Shematsi would all have a big contributing issue to the Wildcat victory.

Gregory and Sundell tied for many factors (24), and Sundell tied for many rebounds (6) and led the staff in assists (5).

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 “I assumed Serena [Sundell] made large performs,” head coach Jeff Mittie stated. “I assumed Sarah Shematsi hit large pictures. Gabby [Gregory] on the finish actually willed us to the free throw line and was taking part in so powerful and aggressive.”

Shematsi put up numbers past the arc, being the groups main 3-point scorer and setting her profession report for threes in a recreation with six.

Iowa’s offense would show to be environment friendly for a lot of the sport, with veteran leaders on the roster who gel collectively. Iowa’s roster contains seven upperclassmen, most notably Clark who got here into the sport averaging over 24 factors, seven assists, and 6 rebounds per recreation.

“There are video games throughout the nation which might be checked out as among the greatest video games,” Mittie stated. “And I believe it will go down as one of many higher early-season video games within the non-con. And in my profession, we’ve actually performed a variety of top-fives, however after we beat them, it’s particular.”

Ok-State will look to proceed their momentum into their subsequent recreation in Bramlage Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, in opposition to Texas-Rio Grande Valley.