MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State chipped an 18-point third quarter deficit to four points late in the fourth quarter on Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum, but Kansas was able to hold back the rally to end K-State’s win streak in the series at 10 with a 61-54 win in the 120th meeting in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown.
K-State (10-6, 1-3 Big 12) trailed at halftime, 32-20, and in the first five minutes of the third quarter the Wildcats were forced into seven turnovers and converted one field goal as Kansas (11-3, 1-2) extended their lead to 18, 40-22.
The Wildcats then found their legs on offense and ended the quarter by outscoring the Jayhawks, 14-6, to pull within 10, 46-36, entering the fourth quarter. K-State would outscore Kansas over the final 15 minutes of the game, 32-21, winning both the third and fourth quarters.
K-State’s rally in the third quarter was sparked by a Rachel Ranke 3-pointer, followed by five straight points from Peyton Williams. Williams would score nine of K-State’s final 14 points in the third quarter.
In the final quarter, K-State would quickly narrow the game to six, 46-40, as Jasauen Beard made a pair of free throws and Williams finished a putback to force a Kansas timeout with 8:40 remaining in the game.
Kali Jones converted a transition layup, as Goth found her racing up the floor unguarded with 4:58 to play to bring K-State to within five, 50-45. On the next Kansas possession, the Jayhawks pulled in two offensive rebounds before Kylee Kopatich hit a 3-pointer to give Kansas a 53-45 lead with 4:04 to play.
K-State answered with a Goth jumper and a Jones hook shot to pull to within four, 53-49, with three minutes left. The Wildcats would finish with one made field goal over the final three minutes, as Kansas’s Christalah Lyons registered six of the final seven points for the Jayhawks to seal the win.
K-State featured three players in double figures, as Peyton Williams paced the Wildcats with 19 points, eight rebounds and tied her career-high with five blocked shots. She also set a new career-high from the free throw line, as she was 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.
With her eight rebounds on Sunday, Williams became the 32nd player in program history with 500 or more career rebounds.
Also in double figures for the Wildcats was senior guard Kayla Goth and sophomore guard Rachel Ranke. Goth finished with 11 points, seven assists, four rebounds and tied her career-high with four steals.
Ranke added 10 points which included K-State’s only two made 3-pointers on the afternoon.
Kansas was paced by Lyons with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Austin Richardson added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kopatich carded 10 points.
Each team used a 9-2 run in the first quarter, as the squads played to an 11-11 tie at the end of the opening period. K-State closed out the first stanza with their 9-2 run and held the Jayhawks without a field goal for the final 6:42 of the quarter.
The Wildcats went cold from the field in the second quarter, going without a made field goal for the first seven and a half minutes of the frame. The Jayhawks outscored K-State, 17-2, during this stretch to build a 28-13 lead.
Kansas would hold its 32-20 lead at the half, as K-State was 3-of-13 from the field in the second quarter and held to 23.1 percent shooting in the opening half (6-of-26).
At halftime of Sunday’s game, Kansas State recognized the career of former Wildcat All-American Brittany Chambers. Chambers addressed the crowd and then her number 2 became the sixth women’s basketball number raised to the rafters of Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State ended the day shooting 34.6 percent (18-of-52) from the field, including a 9.5 percent effort from 3-point range (2-of-21). Kansas was held to a 34.4 percent performance (22-of-64) including 2-of-12 from beyond the arc.
The Jayhawks outrebounds the Wildcats, 44-34, and tallied the edge in second chance points, 15-7. Kansas also topped K-State in points off turnovers, 19-9, as the Wildcats were forced into 19 turnovers while the Jayhawks handed out 13 turnovers.
Kansas State will end its two-game home stand on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host (11/11) Texas at 7 p.m. This will be K-State’s sixth game against an Associated Press top-25 opponent this season.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.
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