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No. 7 K-State women stave off Kansas comeback in Sunflower Showdown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The seventh-ranked Kansas State Wildcats held off a Kansas comeback attempt to win 69-58 in the first edition of this season’s women’s Sunflower Showdown.

The Wildcats began the game with the upper hand, with an 18-8 first-quarter lead and stretched that lead to 15 points in the second quarter.

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The Jayhawks never fully were out of the game, decreasing their deficit to as little as three in the middle of the fourth quarter but K-State kept answering and getting to the foul line (18-23 on free throws) en route to their win.

Shooting was difficult to come by for both teams with KU shooting 41.5% from the field and KSU shooting 40%.

K-State had three players score in the double digits: Zyanna Walker (15 points, four rebounds), Maryville native Serena Sundell (15 points, seven assists, six rebounds) and the Barstow School alum Brylee Glenn (13 points, four rebounds, two steals).

Senior Gabby Gregory only garnered four points from the charity stripe after going 0 for 8 from the field.

Kansas also had three double-digit scorers: Zakiyah Franklin (18 points, three assists), Holly Kersgieter (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Shawnee Mission West alum S’Mya Nichols (12 points, five rebounds).

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KU center Taiyanna Jackson left the game six minutes in with missing teeth.

KSU is 18-1 (7-0 in Big 12) and is on the road to 12th-ranked Baylor on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

KU is 9-9 (2-5 in Big 12) and hosts 24th-ranked Iowa State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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