Feb 1, 2003

By OWEN CANFIELD
AP Sports Writer

NORMAN, Okla. - Kendra Wecker scored 24 points and No. 3 Kansas State rebounded from an upset loss to unranked Iowa State by beating 19th-ranked Oklahoma 74-45 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (19-2, 6-1 Big 12) lost 74-69 on Wednesday night, ending their 13-game winning steak. But they were in control nearly from the start in snapping a six-game losing streak to Oklahoma.

The Sooners (13-7, 4-3) hit just 30.5 percent from the field in their most lopsided defeat since a 101-72 loss at home to Nebraska on Feb. 14, 1998.

During a 15-0 first-half run by Kansas State, Oklahoma went 0-for-6 and committed seven of its 16 turnovers.

Megan Mahoney scored 15 points and Nicole Ohlde had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas State. Chelsi Welch led Oklahoma with 12 points.

Oklahoma was 6-of-27 from the field in the first half. It was reminiscent of Wednesday night, when the Sooners went 8-for-29 in the first 20 minutes and fell behind 30-16 in a loss to No. 11 Texas.

The Sooners rallied in that game and wound up losing by six, but there was no comeback this time.

Wecker scored seven straight points in helping the Wildcats take a 9-6 lead. The Sooners led 10-9 at the 11:39 mark after a basket by Theresa Schuknecht, then didn't score for more than 6 minutes.

Chelsea Domenico started Kansas State's run with back-to-back 3-pointers. The rest of the points came inside or at the free-throw line.

Oklahoma mounted a brief rally, getting to 25-17 with just over two minutes left before the half. But Wecker hit another 3 to start a 9-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 34-19 halftime lead.

The Sooners got no closer than 13 in the second half.

Kansas State won in Norman for the first time since 1997. The Wildcats coasted despite not having third-leading scorer Laurie Koehn, who has been bothered by a sprained ankle.

Oklahoma dropped to 1-6 this season against Top 25 teams and 0-5 against teams ranked in the Top 10.