KU women's basketball team nets first win over Kansas State since 2014

Kansas senior guard Christalah Lyons runs the floor in the first half in an exhibiton against Washburn Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas senior guard Christalah Lyons runs the floor in the first half in an exhibiton against Washburn Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The University of Kansas women's basketball team earned its first Big 12 Conference win with a 61-54 victory over rival Kansas State on Sunday afternoon inside Bramlage Coliseum.

The win by KU (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) marked the team's first win over KSU since 2014. It snapped the program's 10-game losing streak in the rivalry.

"I think our program has been through a lot the past few years," head coach Brandon Schneider said in a team release. "We feel like we really have it going in the right direction. We have made a lot of progress. I think when the players play at a high level in a key win like this, they have every right to celebrate."

A trio of seniors led the Jayhawks in the win, with Christalah Lyons leading the charge, netting a game-high 20 points and grabbing a season-high seven rebounds. Lyons' 20 points are her second 20-point performance of the season. Austin Richardson posted her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Kylee Kopatich added 10 points.

The Wildcats (10-6, 1-3) were led by junior Peyton Williams with 19 points and eight rebounds. Senior Kayla Goth and sophomore Rachel Ranke also posted double-figure scoring efforts with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Kansas plays host to No. 4 Baylor at 7 p.m. Wednesday.