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No. 2 Kansas State upended by unranked Oklahoma

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Kansas State’s winning streak came to an end on Wednesday as the No. 2 team in the country was upset by unranked Oklahoma, 66-63.

For Oklahoma, it marked the team’s first win over a top-two team since 2004, when they beat second-ranked Texas to win the Big 12 tournament championship. It’s Kansas State’s second loss of the season after losing to Iowa in November at the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Since then, the Wildcats had been on a 15-game win streak – including a win over the Sooners at home on Jan. 10 – and vaulted to the team’s highest ranking since 2002. But in the time since, the team lost star center Ayoka Lee to ankle surgery. She hasn’t played since Jan. 13.

They nearly lost to BYU on Monday, but managed to escape the game with a 67-65 win to remain unbeaten in Big 12 play.

It’s the latest upset of a No. 2 team in the AP poll. Nearly every week in January, the No. 2 team suffered a loss: UCLA on Jan. 14, Iowa on Jan. 21, and then UCLA again lost games on Jan. 22 and Jan. 28 as the No. 2 team.

To start the season, UConn lost as the No. 2 ranking in November, as did the Hawkeyes.

“The players really gutted it out on both sides in that fourth quarter,” Oklahoma coach Jennie Baranczyk said. “But [our] team continues to show up in that time, and we’ve learned so much about ourselves.

“[Kansas State] is a very good basketball team, and we know they’re without Ayoka Lee. We hope she gets back soon, because women’s basketball and the Big 12 misses her; she is such a dynamic force. They’re getting some great experience for later [when she’s back]. For us, we’re really happy about this one. We’re going to learn from it and grow.”