Feb. 16, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. – Kansas State started off hot from behind the three-point line on Saturday, but No. 25/24 Oklahoma State used a strong interior game to dismantle the Wildcats at Gallagher-Iba Arena, 80-45. This was K-State’s third straight road loss.
K-State (13-12, 4-9 Big 12) was paced by freshman Bri Craig with 17 points on career-high 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. This was the 11th double figure effort by Craig this season. The product of Lincoln, Neb., has 12 games with two or more made 3-point field goals, including six with 4 or more connections from deep.
Oklahoma State (18-6, 7-6) was led by the interior duo of Toni Young and Kendra Suttles. Young notched her 11th double-double of the season with 23 points and 18 rebounds, while Suttles added 19 points and 10 rebounds.
K-State started where it left off from the last meeting with Oklahoma State, as the Wildcats were 5-of-7 from beyond the arc in the first nine minutes of the game to jump out to a 17-11 lead. Texada had the hot hand early, knocking down three of her first four attempts. In the Wildcats’ 76-70 overtime win in Manhattan on Jan. 23, K-State registered a school-record 16 made 3-point field goals.
The Cowgirls rallied back with a 17-2 run over an eight minute stretch midway through the half to propel them into a 35-24 lead at the half. Suttles helped extend the run with nine straight points. During the Oklahoma State run, K-State was 0-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Early in the second half, K-State was unable to make up the halftime deficit as the teams traded baskets for the first six minutes of the half as Oklahoma State held a 49-35 lead with 13:54 to play.
The Wildcats cut the deficit to 12, 55-43 with 9:53 to play on a Chantay Caron layup, but the Cowgirls would close out the game on the strength of a 25-2 run.
Oklahoma State shot .541 from the field and outrebounded K-State 50-22, which resulted in a 20-0 advantage in second chance points. K-State shot .291 from the floor, including 9-of-34 from the three-point line.
Kansas State will conclude its two-game road trip to the state of Oklahoma on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats visit Oklahoma. The game will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com.