Kansas State women’s basketball fell behind early but made a quick comeback in a 77-63 win over the Wisconsin Badgers to go 2-0 on the season.
The circumstances of the game itself were unique, taking place at the home of American Family Field of the Milwaukee Brewers. Going into the game, the Brewers infield seemed like the only topic the Wildcats could write about.
Scoring proved difficult from the start. After the first quarter, the team trailed 23-13 while shooting 23.5% from the field compared to 64.3% for the Badgers.
A quarterback was all the Wildcats needed to adjust to the baseball environment. The tables turned in the second quarter as K-State dominated, cutting Badger’s lead to just three points in the half.
The Wildcats kept their momentum going after the break. In the third quarter, they took a 43-37 lead over the Badgers after three straight three-point drops. Better shooting alongside defensive pressure got the Wildcats back. The Wildcat’s offense against the defense forced 20 turnovers, some of which were caused by head coach Jeff Mittie using an all-court press.
Although the Badgers tied the game early in the fourth quarter, that would be their last hope. The fourth quarter was all about K-State beating Wisconsin 31-17 at that time.
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It took a full team effort to come back in such a dominant fashion, but a few players shone for the Wildcats. Oklahoma transfer guard Gabby Gregory led in scoring and rebounds for the second time this season in as many games with 25 points and nine rebounds.
Guard Serena Sundell joined Gregory with nine rebounds and had 19 points, and guard Jaelyn Glenn followed close behind with eight rebounds and 16 points. These three will look to continue contributing this season as K-State is without star Ayoka Lee.
The win also marks the 1,000th in program history and the 601st in Mittie’s career. This places K-State as one of three schools with 1,000 wins and its current head coach with 600 or more career wins – Stanford and Connecticut being the other two.
The Wildcats look to stay undefeated in a tough game against Iowa No. 4 and superstar guard Caitlin Clark, the nation’s leading scorer last year, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Bramlage Coliseum.