No. 11 Oklahoma rallies past Kansas State 64-58

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Nyeshia
Stevenson led all scorers with 24 points and No. 11 Oklahoma overcame a
21-point deficit to defeat Kansas State 64-58 on Sunday.

Oklahoma (19-7, 9-3 Big 12) has won four of its last five while Kansas State (12-14, 4-8) has dropped five of six.

Trailing by 16 at the half, it looked
as though Oklahoma wouldn’t be able to overcome the Wildcats’ lead.
Kansas State opened the half on a 9-4 run to extend its lead to 43-22,
but then the Sooners rallied.

A layup by Stevenson ignited a 20-2
run that narrowed the gap to three midway through the half. Oklahoma’s
defense stiffened during that span, holding Kansas State to a free
throw for almost 10 minutes. The Sooners grabbed a 53-51 lead when
Carlee Roethlisberger connected on a shot with about four minutes
remaining. It was their first lead since the game’s opening minutes.

A 3-pointer by Kansas State’s
Brittany Chambers briefly gave the lead back to the Wildcats, but
Oklahoma made late free throws and closed out the game on an 11-4 run.

Amanda Thompson added 17 points and
Danielle Robinson 10 for Oklahoma. Ashley Sweat led Kansas State with
19 points while Chambers and Jalana Childs scored 13 and 11,
respectively.

Stevenson started fast, knocking down
two shots in the first minute to give the Sooners a 5-2 lead, but then
Kansas State took control for the rest of the half. Four straight
points by Sweat sparked a 20-4 run that gave the Wildcats a 22-9 lead.

Kansas State’s defense was key in the
first half, forcing two Oklahoma scoring droughts of over six minutes
and forcing 14 turnovers. The Wildcats held the Sooners to just eight
field goals en route to a 34-18 halftime lead.

Updated February 21, 2010