Sooners Slip by No. 23/22 Wildcats

Jalana Childs became the 38th player in school history and the second this season to surpass the 1,000-point mark.

Jan. 17, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by 31 points from Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma halted No. 23/22 Kansas State’s eight-game home court winning streak on Tuesday night, 63-57, in Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats suffered their first league defeat this season and are 4-1 in Big 12 play and 13-4 overall. Oklahoma improves to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12.

K-State was led by seniors Tasha Dickey and Jalana Childs with 18 and 16 points, respectively. With her 16 points on Tuesday, Childs surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career (1,008) and is the 38th player in school history to reach the mark and the second this season (Brittany Chambers).

In addition to her 31 points, Ellenberg also registered a Bramlage Coliseum record by an opponent with nine steals. Joining Ellenberg in double figures was Morgan Hook with 11.

After K-State jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead, Oklahoma regrouped to go on an 11-0 run to capture a 14-8 advantage with 12:53 to play. The Sooners’ run was highlighted by Ellenberg with five straight points, while Hook and Whitney Hand each added a three-point field goal.

Oklahoma continued its hot shooting in the half, as Ellenberg connected on her third 3-pointer of the half to give the Sooners a 23-12 lead.

K-State cut into the Sooners’ lead with a 9-3 run jump started by K-State’s first three-point field goal of the night by Chambers with 6:52 to play. Dickey proceeded to score four straight points to force Oklahoma’s second timeout of the half as K-State trailed, 28-23.

Oklahoma recorded five of the final seven points of the first half to hold a 33-25 halftime lead. Oklahoma was boosted by its three-point shooting in the opening frame, notching a 7-of-9 performance. K-State was cold from the field, shooting 12-of-34 including 1-of-16 from beyond the arc.

Kansas State cut into Oklahoma’s halftime lead with an 11-3 run to open the second stanza and tied the game at 36 with 15:45 remaining. Mariah White sparked the rally with a three-point field goal and a steal and fast break layup. White finished the night with five points, nine assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Oklahoma was able to fend off K-State’s efforts, as Ellenberg carded 10 of the Sooners’ next 14 points to push Oklahoma in front, 51-42, with nine minutes remaining.

The Wildcats could not cut into the lead enough as the Sooners were able to shut down K-State’s offense over the final two minutes. K-State pulled to within two points on a layup by Dickey with 2:49 to play, but the Wildcats would score only one point the rest of the way.

Kansas State will now play three out of its next four games on the road, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to face No. 1 ranked Baylor on Saturday. Game time at the Ferrell Center is set for 7 p.m. The contest will be available on the K-State Sports Network at kstatesports.com.