Postgame Notes - Alcorn State vs. Kansas State

Dec. 5, 2008 Bramlage Coliseum Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State 80, Alcorn State 22

 

Friday’s win gives Kansas State a 2-0 all-time record against the Lady Braves... The Wildcats defeated Alcorn State,81-41, back in 2006 in the two teams’ only other meeting.

 

Kansas State’s starting lineup on Friday was senior guard Shalee Lehning, senior forward Marlies Gipson, senior forward Danielle Zanotii, junior guard Kari Kincaid and junior forward Ashley Sweat... This is the fourth game of the season that the Wildcats have used this starting lineup.

 

Kansas State saw all 13 players on the roster see action in the first half Friday for the first time this season.

 

The attendance at Bramlage Coliseum for the contest was 3,109.

 

With the win, Kansas State won its fifth straight game in Commerce Bank Classic action and improved to 24-3 all-time in the tournament... The 58-point margin of victory was the largest since the Wildcats’ 77-18 win (59 points) over Mississippi Valley State in the 2006 Commerce Bank Classic.

 

The Wildcats held a 30-9 advantage over the Lady Braves at halftime on Friday... K-State held Alcorn State scoreless until the 7:49 mark of the first half when Sharnika Breedlove hit two free throws ... Alcorn State’s first field goal was at the 4:53 mark of the first half and finished the half 2-for-28 from the field (7-percent).... The nine first-half points surrendered tied a Commerce Bank Classic record for fewest points scored against in a half as Mississippi Valley State (2006) and Sacramento State (2003) also tallied nine points in a half.

 

Kansas State held Alcorn State to just six field goals made for the game, just one shy of the school record of five set back in 2006 against Mississippi Valley State. On Friday, the Lady Braves connected on just 6-of-49 field goals from the floor for 12.2-percent.

 

Shalee Lehning, already the school leader in career assists, collected 10 or more assists for the fourth time this season and the 16th time in her career after dishing out 10 Frfiday against Alcorn State. With her 10 assists, Lehning moved past A’Quonesia Franklin of Texas A&M for fifth place on the Big 12 career assist chart. Lehning now has 630 for her career.

 

Along with her 10 assists Lehning scored 12 points for her 16th career double-double placing her in sole possession of sixth place in the Kansas State record book.

 

Kelsey Hill scored a career-high nine points Friday against Alcorn State. Hill, whose previous high was five points achieved on two occasions, was 3-of-4 from three-point range on Friday.

 

Shalin Spani had a career-high 16 points on Friday and was 3-of-6 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Her previous high was 13 in the 2008-09 season-opener at UTEP.

 

Marlies Gipson added 14 points on Friday, giving her 10 or more points in four of six games this season and 55 for her career.

 

Kansas State forced two shot clock violations on Friday against Alcorn State, upping its season total to eight. The Wildcats forced 20 violations all of last season. The Wildcats also forced a season-high 27 turnovers on Friday and collected a season-best 13 steals.