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Upset Alert: Texas Dominates No. 2 Kansas State to Rattle Big 12 Standings

Jason ⁢Owens

Madison Booker‍ led the Texas ⁢upset with 18 points. ⁤(AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

Unranked Texas surprised ⁣No. 2 Kansas State with a 61-54 victory, making a statement in the intense ⁤competition in the Big 12 conference.

Texas Takes an Early ⁣Lead

From the start, Texas⁣ took charge of the game, leading 6-0 and ‍maintaining that edge throughout, energizing ‍the home crowd in Austin.

Expanding the Lead

Despite ​a ⁢brief moment ‌of competitiveness when Kansas State narrowed the​ lead to 14-10 in ‍the second quarter, Texas pushed forward to⁢ extend their advantage to 20-10. They kept a comfortable double-digit lead for the majority of the game, reaching a high of 41-22 in⁢ the third quarter.

Kansas ⁤State’s Comeback Attempt

Midway⁣ through the fourth quarter, the Wildcats staged a commendable comeback, closing the gap to 54-47 with a 10-0 run. However, Texas managed the clock efficiently, ensuring Kansas State⁢ never got closer than‌ five points.

Standout Performances

Madison Booker, a freshman⁣ player, shined for Texas ‍with 20 points, six⁢ assists, three rebounds,‌ and a ⁤key steal. Taylor Jones, a senior, contributed 13 points and ⁤eight ‌rebounds, ​while Aaliyah Moore, a junior forward, added 10 points and an impressive 15 rebounds.

Kansas State’s Efforts

Serena Sundell‌ led ⁣Kansas State with 14 points and eight assists, while Eliza Maupin excelled off the bench with 18 points on a flawless 7-of-7 shooting performance. However, starters Gabby Gregory and Brylee Glenn struggled, failing to score on a combined 0-of-8 shooting.

Statistics ​Tell the Story

Texas showcased solid defense,‌ holding Kansas ‍State to ⁣35.8% shooting from the field​ and‌ a meager 14.3% from beyond the arc. The Longhorns also outrebounded the Wildcats 39-30 while shooting​ 41.4% themselves.

Conference Standing Shifts

The defeat pushed Kansas State to a 20-3 overall record and 9-2 in⁤ the Big 12, allowing Oklahoma to claim the top spot with a⁣ 9-1 conference record. In​ contrast, ​Texas improved to 21-3 overall and 8-3 in the Big 12, solidifying their position in the competitive conference.

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