K-State falls at No. 8 Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. - Marlies Gipson scored 14 points and Ashley Sweat added 11, but a tough shooting night doomed the Wildcats as Kansas State suffered a 78-58 loss at No. 8 Oklahoma Wednesday.

Kimberly Dietz chipped in with nine points and Kansas State (12-2, 0-1 Big 12) got six points from Claire Coggins, but the duo combined to shoot just 5-for-28 from the field, as the Wildcats connected on just 28.6 percent of their attempts from the floor.

But when the Wildcats were hitting, they were doing so from 3-point range. K-State canned 12-of-24 from beyond the arc, including three each by Sweat and Dietz, to keep things close before having thier nine-game winning streak snapped.

In the end Oklahoma's twin sisters Courtney and Ashley Paris proved to be too much as the duo combined for 30 points and 36 rebounds to pace the Sooners (11-1, 1-0 Big 12).

Still, K-State's defense did not make things easy for Oklahoma's All-American center Courtney Paris, who struggled from the floor. She made only 9-of-21 shots, but still wound up with 18 points and 19 rebounds for her 40th straight double-double.

Ashley Paris had 12 points and 17 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and Chelsi Welch added 12 points as the Sooners won their 20th conference game in a row.

Kansas State trimmed Oklahoma's 16-point halftime lead to 46-36 on the second 3-pointer by Kimberly Dietz in an 8-2 Wildcats run early in the second half. But Oklahoma answered with five straight points, and then pushed the lead to 65-45 with a 12-3 run that included eight points from the Paris twins.

The two combined to outrebound Kansas State 36-35, and Oklahoma had a 22-rebound edge overall.

Kansas State sustained an early 10-0 Sooners run by hitting five of their first 11 shots from 3-point range. But after Sweat connected on back-to-back 3-pointers, Courtney Paris converted on an offensive rebound to start a 12-0 burst for Oklahoma.

By the time Welch sank a 3-pointer to finish the run, the Sooners were up 33-18 and the game was never in doubt after that.