Second Half Pushes Wildcats to Fourth Upset

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Marlies Gipson had a career-high 21 points and 16 rebounds and Kimberly Dietz hit four 3-pointers in the second half to help No. 22 Kansas State win its ninth straight game, beating No. 14 Oklahoma State 68-63 on Sunday.

Kansas State (14-5, 6-0 Big 12) moved into a tie with Baylor for the conference lead by winning its third straight game against a ranked foe. In Big 12 play, the Wildcats have also won at Texas A&M and Texas.

Kansas State's 6-0 start is its best since the Big 12 came into existence with the 1996-97 season. The Wildcats started 8-0 in league play on three occasions as members of the Big Eight Conference.

Oklahoma State (16-3, 4-2) lost its second straight game, having also fallen to Texas on Wednesday. Andrea Riley led the Cowgirls with 34 points and added 9 rebounds, but that wasn't enough to keep Kansas State from ending Oklahoma State's 12-game winning streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Oklahoma State entered the game atop the Big 12 in scoring offense, averaging 80.3 points per game, but scored fewer than 70 for the third straight contest. Kansas State entered the game third in the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing an average of 55.7 points per game.

Kansas State didn't trail during the final 13 minutes, but the Wildcats never could pull away from Oklahoma State. Twice in the final few minutes, Oklahoma State cut the Wildcats' lead to three points. The first time, Dietz answered with a 3-pointer to make it 64-58 with 1:20 left.

Then, after Riley brought the Cowgirls within 66-63 on a 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left, Dietz made 1 of 2 free throws with 8.9 seconds left to seal the win for the Wildcats. She finished with 20 points, two off her season high.

Gipson added 1 of 2 free throws with under a second left. Kansas State won despite being outrebounded 52-30.

The lead swapped hands 10 times in the first half, with the Cowgirls scoring the final five points to take a 32-28 lead - their largest of the game to that point. The 5-foot-5 Riley had 16 points and five rebounds in the half.

Oklahoma State missed its first seven shots of the second half, but four Kansas State turnovers allowed the Cowgirls to maintain, then extend, their lead to 37-30 with 15:36 left on a basket by Maria Cordero.

Then Dietz, who missed her first four 3-point attempts, hit two in a row - the second from 25 feet - to energize the Wildcats and start a 15-2 run. Dietz hit another 3-pointer and Shalee Lehning added six points during the run, including a reverse lay-in following a baseline drive with 11:30 left that put Kansas State up 45-39.

Lehning scored 13 points for the Wildcats while Ashley Sweat added 12.