K-State Races Past UTEP; Improve to 4-0

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – K-State ended a four-game skid in Mexico and avenged a loss from the 2013-14 season with a 72-43 blowout win over UTEP on Tuesday evening in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 72, UTEP 43
• Records: Kansas State (4-0), UTEP (2-2)
• Quick Hitter: K-State used a hot start from the field in the first half to secure its fourth straight win of 20 or more points.
• Leaders: Four Wildcats reached double figures, as Breanna Lewis and Haley Texada tallied 14 points each and Ashia Woods and Bri Craig notched 13. Woods paced the Wildcats on the boards with a career-high tying effort of 13, while Lewis pulled in nine boards and blocked four shots. This was Woods’ first career double-double.

First Half
• K-State shot a blistering .571 (16-of-28) from the floor in the opening stanza, including .538 (7-of-13) from beyond the arc.
• The Wildcats were bolstered by the play of Craig and Lewis, as each finished the first half with 12 points. Craig did her damage from the 3-point line, connecting on 4-of-5 in 11 minutes off the bench. Lewis did her work in the paint, going 5-of-5 from the floor for 12 points.  
• The hot shooting and nine points off seven UTEP turnovers game K-State a 43-15 lead at the half. The 28-point lead at the half was the largest of the season and the 43 points were the most since Dec. 30, 2013 against UC-Riverside in San Diego.
• The 15 points by UTEP in the opening half marked the second time K-State has held an opponent under 20 points in the first half. The Wildcats held the Miners to a .182 field goal percentage (12-of-34).

Second Half
• Woods asserted herself in the second half, scoring nine of her 13 points in the second stanza.
• The Wildcats shot .409 from the floor in the second half and finished shooting .500 (25-of-50) from the field for the game.

• This is K-State’s first 4-0 start since the 2012-13 season.
• K-State held the edge in points in the paint 32-24. This was the fourth straight game K-State has held the advantage in points in the paint.
• The Wildcats dished out 18 assists on 25 made field goals. This is the fourth straight game K-State has dished out 15 or more assists.
• Kansas State outscored UTEP, 10-0, in fast break points. For the season, K-State has outscored opponents in transition, 43-12.
• Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis finished with four blocks. This was her seventh career game with four or more blocks and her 17th career game with two or more. It was her 15th career game with five or more rebounds.
• This was Texada’s 30th career game in double figures.

Coming up Next
• K-State will continue action in Puerto Vallarta in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope on Wednesday. The Wildcats will face Santa Clara at 5 p.m. The games can be heard on the K-State Sports Network.