Cats set for Sooner showdown

After rebounding from its worst loss since 2001, the Kansas State women's basketball team thumped No. 16 Baylor 85-65 Tuesday night. Now. the 20th-ranked Sooners come to Bramlage.

Kansas State walked slowly out of the Devaney Center in Lincoln last Tuesday, battered and beaten. Chelsea Domenico had suffered an injury when she was knocked hard to the floor in the first half and the Huskers figuritvely pummeled the Cats throughout most of the second.

But showing the perseverance that has endeared the Wildcats to thousands of fans, Kansas State rebounded to trounce Baylor in Manhattan.

"We came out today and did everything right we didn't do (against Baylor)," forward Kendra Wecker said. "We were focused, intense, fired up. We were playing great defense and pushing the ball on offense. We really established ourselves early and in the second half we came out aggressive and put them in a position that they weren't able to overcome."

The Cats will look to put No. 20 Oklahoma in that same position when the teams collide at 2 p.m. Saturday in Bramlage.

Oklahoma (13-5, 3-4 in Big 12) was picked to finish fourth in the conference but is stumbling into Manhattan on a three-game losing streak. Iowa State, Baylor and Missouri have all dispatched the Sooners in the last two weeks.

While it's hard not to overlook the Sooners -- their struggles this season, the fact that Kansas State hasn't lost to them in six games dating to 1997 -- the Wildcats are still trying to put together a conference run such as last season, the Wildcats rolled off a string of conference wins unmatched in their Big 12 history.

Early in the week, Coach Deb Patterson said Domenico, who was carted off the court in Lincoln after hitting getting an arm to the face and hitting the hardwood with the back of heard, is still working to get back in the rotation.

"She is still day-to-day," Patterson said. "We felt like she might recover from the whiplash and the neckk and back spasms, but she is struggling with dizziness and hasn't recovered from the impact to the head."

Patterson started senior Amy Dutmer against Baylor ahead of freshmen Twiggy McIntyre and Clair Coggins, who started several games early in the season. Dutmer responded by pouring in 11 points, one of five Wildcats to score in double-figures.

"Without Chelsea Domenico, against a team of that caliber, I felt confident with the experience Amy bring to the floor. At Nebraska, she made an impression on me that she had confidence within the system. I value the experience she brings to the floor and also her disposition. She is always ready for whatever challenge there is."


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