Cowgirls Down Wildcats, 64-55

MANHATTAN, Kan. Danielle Green of Oklahoma State scored a career-high 24 points and Kansas State shot only 32.8 percent from the field as the Cowgirls defeated the Wildcats 64-55 Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.


Kansas State (16-13, 4-12), down 35-27 at the half, struggled early in the second half as it hit just two of its first 12 shots and scored only six points in the first 8:40 of the second frame. Oklahoma State (20-9, 8-8) took advantage of K-State’s poor shooting, building its lead to as many as 15 with 6:43 left in the game.


The Wildcats battled back to get within seven at 62-55 after a Kimberly Dietz three pointer with 1:10 left, but a pair of Green field goals iced the game for the Cowgirls.


The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead to start the game, getting back-to-back connections from beyond the arc by Danielle Zanotti and Claire Coggins. However, OSU went on a 9-0 run, coupled with a pair of 3:30 droughts by K-State, giving the Cowgirls a 19-15 lead. Kansas State shot just 32.3 percent, but half of K-State’s field goals were threes, which kept them within eight at the break.


Dietz was the only Wildcat to score in double-figures, dropping 23 on 7-of-11 shooting and 5-of-11 from behind the arc. Coggins and Naytanda Smith, playing in their final home game, each chipped in six.


Kansas State’s next action will be in the Big 12 Championship, beginning Tuesday, March 6. The Wildcats will be slated as either the 11th or 12th seed in the tournament and will play at either 2:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. next Tuesday.