MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Omaha women’s basketball team fell 81-60 to Kansas State on Monday evening at Bramlage Coliseum. The Mavericks are now 0-2, while the Wildcats improve to 2-0.
Leaders for Omaha
Ellie Brecht was one of two Mavericks to reach double-figures, scoring 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting and a 6-of-9 effort from behind the 3-point line. She added three rebounds and three assists.
Claire Killian set a career-best with 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers. Killian added three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Jess Walter chipped in eight points and a team-high seven assists, while Amber Vidal scored eight points with five rebounds and five assists.
Leaders for Kansas State
Rachel Ranke led four Wildcats in double-figures, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting including six 3-pointers. Kayla Goth added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Kaylee Page chipped in 13 points and six boards. Shaelyn Martin just missed a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Omaha shot 37.3 percent (22-of-59) compared to Kansas State’s 54.4 percent (31-of-57). The Mavericks hit 13 3-pointers against the Wildcats and finished at 37.1 percent (13-of-35). K-State finished at 48 percent (12-of-25) from long range. Kansas State held a slight 33-31 edge on the boards.
Inside the First Quarter
Omaha shot 31.6 percent (6-of-19) with three 3-pointers, while Kansas State shot 66.7 percent (10-of-15). The Mavericks jumped out to an early 9-5 lead on two 3-pointers by Brecht and another by Killian. An 11-0 run by K-State gave the Wildcats a 16-9 lead with 5:33 remaining. A Jay Bridgeman bucket cut the Kansas State lead to nine, 24-15, at the end of the opening 10 minutes.
Inside the Second Quarter
The Mavericks improved to shoot 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from the field and added two more trey’s to their total in the second quarter. The Wildcats connected on 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the floor and held a 38-30 lead at the break. Brecht led all scorers with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers. Romekia Wallaceadded five points and two rebounds. Page led K-State with nine points, while Ranke and Martin each had eight points.
Inside the Third Quarter
Omaha continued to shoot well from the field, connecting on 45.5 percent (5-of-11) of its shots while making four more 3-pointers. Kansas State kept pace by shooting 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the floor and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from beyond to arc. Claire Killian opened the second half by draining two 3-pointers that cut the Wildcat lead to four points. K-State responded to the Omaha challenge by stretching its lead to 13 with under a minute left in the period and led 57-46 at the end of three quarters.
Inside the Fourth Quarter
Omaha shot 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from the field and 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from distance in the final stanza. Kansas State connected on 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the floor and 60 percent (3-of-5) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats opened the quarter with a 7-0 and never looked back as they stretched the lead to as many as 23 midway through the stanza.
Omaha returns to action on Friday, Nov. 17, hosting Montana State. Tipoff is set for Noon at Sapp Fieldhouse,