January 31, 2023

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Shematsi shines towards Oklahoma State

Ahead Sarah Shematsi makes a transfer to the basket whereas guarded by a UMKC defender. The Okay-State ladies’s basketball staff defeated UMKC 72-45. (Archive picture by Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State bounced again towards Oklahoma State after an early deficit, profitable 86-72 and shifting to 12-3 (1-1) in convention play.

Okay-State had a gradual begin to the sport, beginning down 9-0 within the first jiffy of play. After a fast timeout by Jeff Mittie, Okay-State was in a position to create offensive rhythm, combating again to tie the Cowgirls by the top of the primary quarter.

The second quarter noticed loads of offense by each groups, going backwards and forwards on possessions. Okay-State would make a 16-10 run and push a seven-point lead going into the half. Three gamers for Okay-State recorded double figures in scoring by half.

The Cowgirls got here into the half very similar to the beginning of the sport, with a quick offense, rapidly placing up factors to maintain tempo with the Wildcats. Okay-State struggled taking pictures within the quarter, solely making 38% of their photographs from the sector. They might preserve a six-point lead into the fourth.

Oklahoma State crept nearer to tying within the fourth, capitalizing off of Okay-State’s offensive errors and shutting inside two factors of a tie. Protection for each groups started locking in with empty possessions by each groups inside 4 minutes of the quarter.

With below 4 minutes left Okay-State took the momentum again to their offense, scoring 11 factors off 4 possessions. Gabby Gregory, after sitting out on account of damage towards Texas, put up over 25 factors in her return, together with two 3-pointers to seal the sport for Okay-State.

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The story of the night time for Okay-State was Sarah Shematsi who put up a career-high 11 rebounds with 25 factors. Shematsi stepped up and offered good taking pictures, complementing Gregory’s factors within the paint.

“Sarah was large all the best way round,” Mittie stated. “Inside, outdoors she moved herself round very effectively and her teammates did an awesome job of getting the ball in these spots. So, good win for us. Good bounce again win for us. And yeah, it feels actually good after how poorly we performed on Saturday.”

Turnovers made a serious distinction in Okay-State’s efficiency towards Oklahoma State versus Texas. Okay-State dedicated 24 turnovers of their loss towards Texas and solely misplaced 9 turnovers to the Cowgirls.

Okay-State will look to advance to 2-1 in league play, returning to Bramlage at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, towards West Virginia.