No. 11 Oklahoma 64, Kansas St. 58

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.