Little's Career-High Lifts Sooners Past Kansas State
NORMAN, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma women's basketball team used a balanced offensive attack to down Kansas State, 66-58, Saturday afternoon inside Lloyd Noble Center.
With the win, OU improved to 15-7 overall and 9-2 in Big 12 games, matching its total conference wins from all of last season. Kansas State fell 14-8 overall and 4-7 in league contests.
A total of nine Sooners scored in the ballgame, paced for the second straight game by Peyton Little. The redshirt sophomore contributed a career-high 19 points on 4-for-11 from the floor and 10-for-10 from the free throw line. She also secured four rebounds and added five assists and two steals.
Redshirt junior Kaylon Williams and freshman Gabbi Ortiz both also reached double digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Williams went 6-for-11 shooting in the contest and grabbed seven boards, while Ortiz made all of her baskets from behind the 3-point arc, going 3-for-5.
Junior Nicole Kornet connected on two of her three 3-point attempts and finished with eight points, and sophomore Gioya Carter tallied five points, six rebounds and five assists for the Sooners.
The Sooners, who held a 27-25 advantage at halftime, shot 23-for-51 from the field (45.1 percent), 8-for-17 from 3-point range (47.1 percent) and a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line.
Clutch shooting became the story of the game late as OU drained 3-point baskets to answer Kansas State makes.
After the Wildcats took a one-point lead with just under six minutes to go, Ortiz responded with a 3 of her own to give the Sooners a 54-52 advantage, one it would hold the rest of the contest.
Little's 3-pointer with 3:51 remaining built OU's lead to five points at 59-54, and Carter sealed the win for the Sooners with a 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining that made it 62-55.
OU returns to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 11, as it travels to take on the Big 12's top team in No. 3 Baylor. The game is slated for 7 p.m. CT