Kansas State ladies’s basketball didn’t let down following its upset of No. 4 Iowa, transferring to 4-0 on the 12 months with a commanding 70-45 win over UT Rio Grande Valley at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats picked up proper the place they left off the night time earlier than with a 19-9 first quarter, adopted by a 12-0 run to start out the second quarter. Through the first half, scoring was distributed very properly as eight totally different Wildcats recorded factors. Nonetheless, the driving pressure behind Okay-State’s domination was its defensive effort.
UTRGV recorded solely 4 baskets within the first half, all of which got here within the first quarter. The Vaqueros shot simply 11% on all subject objectives and have been 1-18 from the 3-point line. UTRGV’s struggles noticed them down 34-11 at halftime.
Scoring improved for each groups after the break. Okay-State’s first 4 baskets of the second half all got here from past the arc, two courtesy of senior guard Gabby Gregory.
Whereas the Vaqueros did see higher scoring within the second half, it was too little too late. The Wildcat lead continued to develop and sat at 55-27 going into the ultimate quarter. These final ten minutes noticed UTRGV outscore the Wildcats 18-15, however the injury had been executed.
Gregory was joined in double figures by the dual sophomore guards Brylee Glenn and Jaelyn Glenn. Fellow sophomore guard Serena Sundell — who led the Wildcats in factors, rebounding and assists in opposition to Iowa — almost recorded her first profession double-double with eight factors and 11 rebounds.
Kansas State beats No. 4 Iowa in an exhilarating fourth quarter comeback
The Wildcats had restricted downtime between video games, taking over Utah Tech on Sunday at Bramlage. They defeated UTU 91-82 to maneuver to 5-0 on the season, highlighted by a high-scoring first quarter.
The sport started with fast-paced environment friendly offense from each groups. Okay-State and UTU scored a mixed 13 3-point photographs within the half. Each groups shot over 40% within the first quarter, with Okay-State taking pictures a staggering 60% to push them out to an early lead.
The second quarter noticed staff play begin to settle in, with defensive stands by either side resulting in a rise in staff turnovers. Fouls made an impression as UTU would commit two fouls late within the half resulting in Okay-State factors.
Gregory entered foul bother within the third, receiving her fourth private foul midway via the quarter, resulting in her not seeing the ground until the fourth quarter.
In her absence, Sundell would take management of the offense, creating shot alternatives and spreading the ball out to her teammates.
The fourth quarter noticed Utah Tech climb again from a 28-point deficit to inside 6 factors. Okay-State’s taking pictures cooled off inside the fourth, resulting in an in depth closing two minutes.
Miscommunication and turnovers plagued the Okay-State offense closing the sport, making the ending too shut for consolation for the Wildcats.
Gregory would make a fast impression, tying the college report for many factors in 1 / 4 with 16 factors within the first and tying her private finest for 3-pointers with 5.
Freshman ahead Eliza Maupin would make key defensive performs, main the staff in rebounds with 10 and lots of resulting in second likelihood factors for the offense.
Okay-State noticed 4 of its gamers rating over double digits. The Wildcat free throw share helped them preserve their giant lead, taking pictures over 74% from the road.
Okay-State will play its subsequent sport at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, in Bramlage in opposition to Clemson.