Wildcats Cruise to Exhibition Win

Brianna Kulas

Nov. 4, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Brianna Kulas led a group of five Wildcats in double figures with 19 points as Kansas State routed Fort Hays State, 91-25, Thursday night in exhibition play at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kulas shot lights out in her first game as a Wildcat going 7-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. The Mission native added a basket from 3-point land as well and grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes of play.

Brittany Chambers added 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting including 4-of-7 from deep. Taelor Karr and Branshea Brown each contributed eight rebounds to K-State's 58 boards on the night.

K-State hit five of its first seven shots from the floor en route to an 18-2 run to start the game. Childs and Chambers fueled the run with 13 combined points in the first eight minutes as the Wildcats upped their lead to 21-4 at the 11:55 mark.

Kulas then added five straight points, including her first career 3-pointer, and a Childs layup sparked a 16-0 run to push the lead out to 44-6. Chambers led a group of five players with five or more points in the first half with 10 points as the Wildcats went into halftime with a comfortable 48-9 lead.

In the first 20 minutes, K-State shot 55-percent from the floor, which included 30 points in the paint and 12 fast break points and out-rebounded Fort Hays, 31-11. The Tigers connected on just 3-of-29 field goals (10.3-percent) in the first half, while the Wildcats forced 12 turnovers.

The second half told much of the same story as the Wildcats opened up with a 17-4 run with 3-pointers coming from Chambers, Karr and Chantay Caron. K-State's defense held solid forcing the Tigers into two scoring droughts of three-plus minutes. The Wildcats also pressured the Tigers into 14 turnovers in the second frame. Kulas did most of her damage down the final stretch of the game totaling 10 points in the second half.

Kansas State will conclude its exhibition slate on Monday at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will welcome in Washburn for the final tune-up before the start of the 2010-11 season. For tickets, visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS.