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Okay-State protection steals the present, successful over UMKC

Anticipating the following play, freshman ahead Eliza Maupin appears to be like throughout the courtroom throughout the recreation towards College of Central Arkansas on November 8, 2022 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats received 83-43 of their season dwelling opener.
(Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State ladies’s basketball advances to 9-1 after a large victory over UMKC, with 20 steals in a formidable defensive efficiency.

All through the primary quarter, each groups settled into play, ending the primary quarter with a 15-13 Okay-State lead. The second quarter was a special story, with Okay-State pushing out to a 15-point lead and by no means trying again. 

The Wildcats had a formidable defensive efficiency scoring 32 factors off turnovers, thanks partly to UMKC turning the ball over 33 instances. Okay-State triggered 20 steals of the 33 turnovers, essentially the most by this system in over seven years.

The Wildcats had a quiet evening offensively, capturing 36.4%. Each groups struggled to shoot from past the arch with solely 5 made three-pointers all evening.

“Not an excellent evening offensively for us however I believed the protection picked us up,” head coach Jeff Mittie mentioned. Received quite a lot of steals, acquired quite a lot of free performs, however yeah, actually I believe that issues I talked to them about is, you realize, we’ve acquired to play extra constant, be somewhat sharper. We simply appeared somewhat out of sync however I cherished our vitality within the third quarter. That must be one thing that we’re not turning on and off like a faucet. We have to have that vitality for longer stretches. However the vitality within the third was actually large and actually stretched the lead out.”

Regardless of the low capturing percentages, 4 Wildcats scored double-digit factors with freshman ahead Eliza Maupin and sophomore guard Brylee Glenn placing up factors.

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“We knew moving into that we actually needed to play aggressive protection,” Glenn mentioned. “We knew that we may reap the benefits of a few of the issues that we did. I’m pleased with my teammates for going on the market and getting steals after which particularly profiting from them like working the ground and having the ability to make performs off of that.”

Okay-State will look to advance to 10-1 as they play South Dakota State at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Bramlage Coliseum.