MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Omaha women’s basketball dropped a 61-46 decision to Kansas State on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum.
Leaders for Omaha
Freshman Elena Pilakouta finished with a team-high 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. She added five rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Claire Killian added seven points, four rebounds and three steals. Freshman Mariah Murdie chipped in seven points and three boards. Freshman Sophie Johnston scored six points and grabbed four rebounds.
Leaders for Kansas State
Peyton Williams had a double-double in the season opener for the Wildcats, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Jasauen Beard led K-State with 12 points, and Rachel Ranke added 11 points and five boards.
Kansas State shot .368 (21-of-57) to Omaha’s .316 (18-of-57) and outrebounded the Mavericks 43-37. K-State forced UNO into 19 turnovers while committing only 15. The Wildcats also blocked eight shots, while the Mavericks had two.
Inside the First Half
Omaha opened with a 17-13 advantage in the first quarter. Freshman Josie Filer put Omaha on the board with a three pointer. Moments later Johnston found Pilakouta alone in the paint for a layup to give UNO a 5-2 advantage. A Williams jumper gave the Wildcats a brief lead, but the Mavericks responded with an 8-0 run capped by a Murdie 3-pointer for a 13-6 lead. A Filer layup in the closing seconds of the quarter made it 17-13 after the opening 10 minutes.
The Mavericks continued their strong play in the second quarter by outscoring the Wildcats 13-9. Beard opened the quarter with four quick points to tie the game at 17-all. Omaha’s Johnston answered with a layup and a pair of free throws to regain the lead. Senior Kalen Phillips snapped a 3:30 scoreless streak by both teams as UNO increased its lead to five. Pilakouta scored Omaha’s final six points of the half as the Mavericks took a 30-22 lead at the break.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha stretched its lead to 13 early in the third quarter on a Killian 3-pointer and a junior Rayanna Carter jumper in the paint. Kansas State then went on a 14-1 run over the next 4:27 to tie the game at 36-all. Pilakouta quelled the momentum with a bucket in the paint. Johnston made a layup and Killian followed by hitting a free throw as the Mavericks moved the lead to 41-36. KSU’s Christianna Carr closed the half with a three-point play to make it 41-39 after three quarters.
Kansas State outscored Omaha 22-5 in the fourth quarter to complete the 61-46 comeback victory.
Noting Tonight’s Game
• Omaha is now 1-1 on the season, while Kansas State improved to 1-0.
• Pilakouta has scored in double figured and grabbed at least five rebounds in both games this season.
• Filer has had at least five points and five rebounds in her first two games.
Omaha returns to action against C-SUN on Friday, Nov. 16. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena.