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K-State Runs Win Streak To 10 in 76-44 Victory Over Oklahoma State



STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Nicole Ohlde missed her first three layups, all of them right under the basket. Then she misfired on a pair of free throws.

The Kansas State All-America forward shook her head in frustration as the second free throw bounced off the rim. She was benched a few seconds later.

``Nicole is really hard on herself,'' Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. ``We had to sit her down and tell her, 'You're really good.'''

Ohlde eventually recovered from her rough start, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Laurie Koehn added 18 points to lead No. 10 Kansas State to a methodical 76-44 victory Tuesday night over slumping Oklahoma State.

Kansas State (12-2, 3-0 Big 12) went on a 19-0 run that spanned both halves, taking much of the early fight out of Oklahoma State (6-8, 1-2).

The Wildcats had what amounted to a breather after a hard-fought 76-69 victory over 15th-ranked Colorado on Saturday. In the second half Tuesday night, Kansas State never let its lead slip under 20 points and led by as many as 36 in the game's final minutes.

Oklahoma State, which lost 106-43 to top-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday, fared only slightly better this time out.

The Cowgirls have now lost five of their last six games, with the only win coming last week against mediocre Texas A&M. The next three games won't offer much of a reprieve: road games against No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 3 Texas before a rematch with Tech on Jan. 24.

``We've got a long road ahead of us,'' Oklahoma State coach Julie Goodenough said. ``It's mentally draining to face the kind of competition we do on a nightly basis.

``The girls have had two games in a row where they got shellacked. It takes a lot away from your confidence.''

Things looked promising early for the overmatched Cowgirls as they forced Kansas State to miss 10 of its first 11 shots. The 6-foot-5 Ohlde, in particular, was forcing shots through a jumble of defenders.

But the Wildcats started finding their touch - shooting 47 percent - and went on a 12-0 spurt at the end of half en route to a 33-15 halftime lead.

``Once we settled down and get into our offense, we knew everything would take care of itself,'' said K-State guard Laurie Koehn, who finished with 14 points.

Oklahoma State shot only 28 percent, mostly because the Cowgirls rarely took any shot without a Kansas State defender in close proximity.

Cowgirls forward Trisha Skibbe, the Big 12's leading scorer and rebounder, was virtually Oklahoma State's lone source of offense at times.

Skibbe had 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting and six rebounds. Kenzie Cole was the only other Cowgirl to score in double figures, with 12 points.

``We've got to put more points on the board or we won't beat anybody,'' Skibbe said. ``Right now, it seems like our whole team is in a slump.''

Up next, the Wildcats host instate rival Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. (CT). The game will be part of a doubleheader with the K-State men’s basketball team, who hosts Oklahoma State at 6 p.m.

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