December 8, 2022

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Wildcats edge out UTRGV and Utah Tech, stay undefeated

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 picture by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State girls’s basketball didn’t let down following its upset of No. 4 Iowa, transferring to 4-0 on the yr 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 evening 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 nicely as eight totally different Wildcats recorded factors. Nonetheless, the driving pressure behind Ok-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 discipline 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. Ok-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 completed.

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 — practically recorded her first profession double-double with eight factors and 11 rebounds.

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.

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The sport started with fast-paced environment friendly offense from each groups. Ok-State and UTU scored a mixed 13 3-point pictures within the half. Each groups shot over 40% within the first quarter, with Ok-State capturing a staggering 60% to push them out to an early lead.

The second quarter noticed workforce play begin to settle in, with defensive stands by each side resulting in a rise in workforce turnovers. Fouls made an influence as UTU would commit two fouls late within the half resulting in Ok-State factors.

Gregory entered foul hassle 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. Ok-State’s capturing cooled off inside the fourth, resulting in a detailed last two minutes.

Miscommunication and turnovers plagued the Ok-State offense closing the sport, making the ending too shut for consolation for the Wildcats.

Gregory would make a fast influence, tying the varsity file 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 workforce in rebounds with 10 and plenty of resulting in second probability factors for the offense.

Ok-State noticed 4 of its gamers rating over double digits. The Wildcat free throw share helped them preserve their massive lead, capturing over 74% from the road.

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Ok-State will play its subsequent sport at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, in Bramlage in opposition to Clemson.