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Kansas State 60, Central Florida 58

Kansas State 60, Central Florida 58

DAVID SMALE
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jaelyn Glenn’s layup with 2 seconds left lifted No. 7 Kansas State to a 60-58 victory over UCF. Glenn caught a three-quarter court pass from Serena Sundell after UCF tied it.

Gregory led Kansas State (22-4, 11-3 Big 12) with 19 points. Eliza Maupin had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sundell and Zyanna Walker had 10 points each.

UCF (12-12, 3-11 Big 12) was led by Kaitlin Peterson with 26 points. Mya Burns added 10 points.

After giving up two quick buckets and the lead to start the second half, K-State went on a 12-2 run to take its largest advantage of the game at 39-30. The Wildcats led 46-36 at the end of the third quarter.

K-State struggled to put away UCF, partly because they shot just 3-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Peterson cut the deficit to 56-54 with a pair of free throws with 46 seconds left.

Sundell stretched it to 58-54 with a layup with 28.3 seconds left. Peterson’s layup with 20.9 left trimmed it to 58-56. Burns then tied it with 6 seconds left before Glenn’s game-winner.

The Knights scored the first seven points of the game, prompting K-State to use its first timeout with 7:18 left in the first quarter. The Knights shot 53.3% (8-of-15) from the field in the first quarter while holding K-State to just 3-of-13 (23.1%), and they led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter.

K-State returned the favor in the second quarter, scoring the first 8 points to tie the game at 18-18. The Wildcats took their first lead at 22-21 on a short jumper by Sundell with 3:13 left in the half. The Wildcats led 27-24 at halftime, despite shooting 0-of-11 from 3-point range.

Maupin led all scorers with 12 points. UCF was led by Laila Jewett and Peterson with 6 points each.

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF: The Knights could have used more support for Peterson. They stayed in the game late with Peterson as the only dependable offensive player.

Kansas State: The Wildcats need a healthy Ayoka Lee, who missed Saturday’s game with a right-ankle injury. Lee missed six games with an injury to her left ankle before playing Wednesday against Iowa State. She injured her right ankle in the second quarter against the Cyclones, but finished the game scoring 20 points in a double-OT loss. She is listed as day-to-day.

KAnsas State athletics press release

February 17, 2024





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