MANHATTAN, Kan. — Gabbi Ortiz scored 20 points and Vionise Pierre-Louis added 18 as Oklahoma rallied to defeat Kansas State, 76-71, on the road Wednesday.
OU (9-9, 4-3 Big 12) rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to earn the win as the Sooners shot a season-high .566 (30-of-53) from the field and .500 (7-of-14) from deep. Oritz knocked down six treys, while Pierre-Louis added seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. Shaina Pellington finished with 16 points and dished a career-high six assists.
The Sooners shot .750 (9-of-12) from the field in the fourth quarter to pull ahead of Kansas State (11-7, 3-4 Big 12). Ortiz put the Sooners in the lead for the first time since the opening quarter with her sixth trey of the night with 7:01 to play.
Pierre-Louis scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half, while Pellington contributed nine to fuel the comeback. Pellington's lay-in with 2:52 to go put OU in the lead for good as the freshman played all 40 minutes in the win.
OU trailed by three at halftime, but Ortiz hit a trey from the corner at the buzzer as the lights went out a Bramlage Coliseum. The Sooners shot .600 from the field in the first half and knocked 6-of-9 from beyond the arc through the first two quarters despite commiting 16 turnovers.
"I thought Gabbi [Ortiz] was a fantastic senior tonight. Kansas State is playing really well, they have got scorers all over the floor, they are very well coached and they play very intentionally. I thought we did some good things offensively early to maybe poke some holes in their belief in their zone and then they had to do some different things," OU head coach Sherri Coale. "I did not think we adjusted quite as quickly or quite as well as we could have or should have but eventually we did. While we were trying to do all that, Gabbi was just being a ballplayer. She competed in every phase of the game – making shots for sure, but getting steals, running down long rebounds, going and jumping up against people much taller than her, getting rebounds. I just thought it was her competitive will that gave us something to hitch our wagon to and that is why we won tonight."
On the glass, the Sooners outrebounded K-State by a 33-27 margin, recorded 17 assists and finished with 40 points in the paint. Maddie Manning also finished in double figures with 10 points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.
Peyton Williams led Kansas State with 23 points, but the Sooners limited the sophomore to just four in the second half. Kayla Goth added 16 points and six assists, while Rachel Ranke added 14 points.
"Every game is big, we talk about that until we turn blue in the face," Coale said. "On the road, with Kansas State playing as well – I thought coming into this game they were playing as well as anybody in the conference – and then being down a player. We only had nine and Ana [Llanusa] couldn't play because of concussion protocol, so we are down to eight, and then Gily [Penzo] gets into foul trouble, so you're down to seven and a half – I just thought it was a gutty performance and again, led by Gabbi [Ortiz]. The seniors had to rise to the occasion, you do not win pivotal moments like this unless your seniors are willing to be all in and make plays."
The Sooners return home Saturday to face No. 24 Oklahoma State at 12 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. Tickets are available here.
NOTES AND NUGGETS
- Gabbi Ortiz's six 3-pointers are tied for the third most in a game this season by the senior. Ortiz has made five or more 3-pointers in five games this year.
- Ortiz has 188 career 3-pointers, just two shy of passing former Sooner Morgan Hook (189, 2011-14) for thir d place in school history.
- Shaina Pellington played a career-high 40 minutes, scoring 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The freshman also dished a career-best six assists.
- Vionise Pierre-Louis filled the box score with 18 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. The senior finished 7-of-8 from the field.
- Pierre-Louis has 1,077 career points and needs two more points to pass Nicole Griffin (1,088, 2011-14) for 32nd place.
- OU's .556 field goal percentage is its highest in a Big 12 road win since 2015 at TCU. OU's .556 field goal percentage and .500 3-point shooting percentage also set season highs.
- OU's starting lineup scored 92.1 percent of the Sooners' points (70 of 76) against the Wildcats.
- Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 38-26, against Kansas State. The Sooners are 23-8 against the Wildcats under Sherri Coale.