K-State Dismantles Tennessee State in Opener

Nov. 8, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State kicked off its 46th season of action on Friday night, with an 85-53 win over Tennessee State. The 85 points scored by the Wildcats were the most in a season-opener since the 2007-08 season and the highest output since notching 89 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11, 2012.

The Wildcats saw 10 of the 11 players who saw action on Friday register in the scoring column and were led by freshman Leticia Romero and junior Haley Texada. Romero approached a triple-double in her career debut as she finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Texada carded 15 points on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Last season, Texada recorded 10 games with 15 or more points.

K-State (1-0) raced out to an 11-0 lead to open the game, as Kindred Wesemann sparked the run with seven of her nine total points. Tennessee State would narrow the deficit to six, 16-10, with 11:31 to play.

The Wildcats rebuilt its lead to 14, as senior Ashlynn Knoll tallied eight straight points off the bench to give K-State a 24-10 advantage with 8:24 remaining in the opening half. This was Knoll’s first action since Jan. 19, 2013 at TCU, as Friday marked a complete recovery from a torn ACL she suffered on Jan. 21.

K-State used a 10-2 run to end the first half and hold a 40-19 lead at the break. The Wildcats shot .542 from the field in the opening half, including .500 from beyond the arc. The K-State defense was also solid in the opening frame, holding the Lady Tigers to .176 from the field and forced 11 turnovers.

The Wildcats continued their run into the early stages of the second half, outscoring the Lady Tigers 7-2 in the opening two minutes to capture a 47-21 lead. Tennessee State would close the gap by using a 14-3 run to trail, 50-35, with 13:52 to play. A steal and three-point play by Texada ended the Tennessee State run and pushed K-State into a 53-35 lead with 13:29 remaining.

Tennessee State brought the game back to a deficit of 14 with 11:17 to play, but a 17-2 run over the next five minutes by the Wildcats rebuilt K-State’s lead to a comfortable 31 points, 70-39. Five different players scored during the run, led by Romero’s five points and Chantay Caron’s four.

For the game, K-State shot .525 from the field including .474 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats also notched six blocks while holding Tennessee State to a field goal percentage of .254.

K-State will close out its two-game home stand to open the 2013-14 season on Sunday. The Wildcats will host Charlotte at 12:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit www.kstatesports.com or call 800-221-CATS.