K-State women’s hoops rallies to beat Oral Roberts

Courtesy: Kansas State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Trailing by 13 points early in the second half, Kansas State outscored Oral Roberts 35-16 in the final 16:01 of the half to come back to win 53-47 on Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 53, Oral Roberts 47
• Records: Kansas State (7-1), Oral Roberts (5-6)
• Quick Hitter: With a second half rally that spanned 12 minutes, K-State overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to secure its eighth straight home win over a non-conference opponent and sixth this season.
• Leaders: Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis led the Wildcats with a career-high 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while also pulling in three rebounds, blocking a career-high tying five shots and pocketing a career-high tying three.

First Half
• The Wildcats continued to struggle offensively in the first eight minutes of the game, shooting 1-of-11 from the field with three turnovers.
• Oral Roberts was boosted to a 17-10 lead with 6:40 remaining by three 3-point field goals by Jayden Oliver off the bench. For the half, Oral Roberts was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, while K-State was 0-of-6.
• The Golden Eagles were able to build a 14-point, 28-14, with under a minute to play.
• K-State closed the gap to 10 at the break, as Lewis converted a layup in the lane and Kindred Wesemann forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass. Jessica Sheble beat the buzzer with a putback of a missed 3-point attempt to bring the score to 28-18.
• This was K-State’s largest halftime deficit of the season and the most since trailing by 13 at Oklahoma State on March 1, 2014.
• For the half, K-State shot .269 (7-of-26) from the field and turned the ball over eight times. K-State forced Oral Roberts into 12 turnovers, including seven steals, and blocked four shots. The Wildcats held Oral Roberts’ top scorer, Vicky McIntyre to zero points in the opening stanza.

Second Half
• K-State’s offensive struggles continued into the first four minutes of the second half, as the Wildcats were 0-of-7 from the field. Oral Roberts increased its lead to 13, 31-18, during the stretch.
• The Wildcats popped the lid off the basket with a 29-8 rally over a 12-minute stretch to capture a seven-point lead, 47-39, with 3:58 to play. Bri Craig tallied seven straight points during the run, including K-State’s first 3-point field goal of the day at the 13:07 mark of the second frame.
• Lewis recorded 13 of K-State final 18 points of the game, including eight straight points over a two-minute stretch.
• K-State shot .481 (13-of-27) from the floor in the second half and committed just three turnovers. Oral Roberts shot .222 (6-of-27) in the second half with 10 turnovers.

Game Totals
• K-State finished the afternoon shooting .377 from the field (20-of-53). Oral Roberts shot .333 (17-of-51) for the game.
• Oral Roberts led the battle on the glass, 44-32.
• The Wildcats held the Golden Eagles’ top scorer, McIntyre, to just one point on 0-of-6 shooting. McIntyre entered the game averaging 13.1 point, 15.4 rebounds and 5.3 blocks. She was held to 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Noteworthy
• K-State recorded a combined 24 blocks/steals (8 blocks/16 steals) on Sunday. This is the fourth game this season K-State has achieved a combination of 20 or more steals and blocks. Over the last 10 seasons, K-State is 13-0 when achieving a combination of 20 or more blocks and steals in a game, including 4-0 this season.
• This was the eighth straight game K-State has held the advantage in points in the paint (38-18).
• This was the seventh game K-State has held the advantage in points off turnovers (20-9).
• K-State has now lost consecutive games to Wichita State for the first time since Jan. 26, 1993 and Dec. 7, 1993.
• Lewis finished with five blocks. She now has 71 in her career and ranks tied for eighth in school history for blocks in a career with Kendra Wecker (71; 2001-05). Lewis has three career games with five blocks and is tied for third in school history for games with five or more blocks. Lewis has 11 career games in double figures for points, including six this season.
• Shaelyn Martin tied her career-high with nine rebounds. She has four games this season with five or more rebounds.
• Ashia Woods recorded four steals on Sunday. This was her 30th career game with two or more steals, including her fifth this season.

Coming up Next
• K-State continues its four-game home stand on Saturday, Dec. 20 against Grambling State at 1 p.m. Saturday’s game features the Fort Riley “Operation Santa” toy drive. Fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 when they donate a new toy.

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