Wildcats Blow Past Cyclones, 73-67

MANHATTAN, Kan. - A second-half surge by Ashley Sweat and a strong defensive effort helped Kansas State to a 73-67 victory over No. 22/18 Iowa State on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Wildcats moved to 11-9 on the season and 3-3 in Big 12 play, while snapping Iowa State's four-game win streak and handing them only their fourth loss of the season. The victory marks the second against a top-25 team this season and the first at home since K-State knocked off archrival No. 24 Kansas on January 9.

Despite an opening half that featured seven deadlocked scores where neither team could take a commanding lead, the Wildcats went into the break ahead, 29-27. After the break, the Wildcats came out firing from all cylinders and managed to protect their lead from the Cyclones down to the final buzzer.

The Cyclones could not find an answer for Wildcat senior forward Ashley Sweat, who led all players in scoring with 31 points. She was 9-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. She was strong from the stripe nailing 10-of-12 free throws, including 8-of-10 in the last five minutes of the game to help the Wildcats seal the win.

Freshman guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr helped keep the Wildcats on top. Chambers scored 14 points and led the team in rebounds and assists with seven in each category. Karr added 12 points while pulling down five rebounds.

The Wildcats return to action in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday for a battle with No. 14/16 Baylor. The game, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off, can be heard over the radio on the K-State Sports Network.