WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — McPherson High graduate Katelyn Loecker and her Oklahoma State women’s basketball team is now in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cowgirls advanced Monday night with a 73-66 road victory over Purdue.
Oklahoma State, now 25-8, plays at mighty and undefeated Notre Dame on Saturday.
Brittney Martin had a 20-20 for the Cowgirls, scoring 20 points and hauling down the same number of rebounds.
OSU won despite the fact star guard Tiffany Bias, an Andover Central graduate, missed a good portion of the second half with an ankle injury when she stepped on another player’s foot.
Oklahoma State had advanced out of the first round with a harrowing 61-60 victory over Florida Gulf Coast when Bias scored the winning basket with 41 seconds left in the game. Roshunda Johnson led the Cowgirls in that game with 11 points.
Loecker played a key role in that game, as she came off the bench to play 10 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing a couple of rebounds. She has played in 32 of 33 games during her freshman year, averaging 11 minutes a game. She averages 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 points.
Loecker was a two-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, leading the Bullpups to the 2012 state championship and a runner-up finish in 2013.