K-State Hangs On to Beat UTSA

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Kansas State used an early second half run and a pair of late free throws from Kari Kincaid to edge UTSA on Monday afternoon, 59-55, in K-State's final game in the Duel in the Desert. The Wildcats finished the weekend at Cox Pavilion with a 2-1 record.

For the second straight game, Kansas State (6-6) had four players reach double figures in points led by senior forward Ashley Sweat with 14 points. With her point total on Monday, Sweat became the ninth player in school history to score 1,500 points in her career (1,502) and has scored in 111 consecutive games - every game of her K-State career. This is the eighth time this season the McPherson, Kan., product has led K-State in scoring and the 45th time in her career.

Also in double figures were sophomore forwards Branshea Brown and Jalana Childs with 12 points apiece. Brown's point total, on a career-best 5-of-9 shooting, was a new career-high and was the first time in her career that she reached double figures in points. The duo was also strong on the boards, as Brown hauled in eight rebounds and Childs grabbed six.

The Wildcats used eight straight points from Childs in the opening stages of the second half to hold a 42-33 lead with 14:41 to play. The Roadrunners used a 10-2 run in the next two and a half minutes to tie the score at 44 on a pair of free throws by Kelsey Ansley.

A deep 3-point field goal by Kincaid and four points from Brown gave K-State a 53-46 lead with 5:40 to play.

Kansas State was able to keep UTSA at arm's length before the Roadrunners got to within two on an Ansley layup with 38 seconds left. Kincaid was able to seal the win for the Wildcats with a pair of free throws with 11.7 to play. The Andover, Kan., native reached double figures for the second straight game with 11 points.

For the game, Kansas State shot .386 from the field including .462 from the three-point line (6-of-13). The Wildcats outrebounded UTSA 37-34, which is the fifth time this season K-State has held the advantage on the glass.

UTSA (5-5) was led by guard Whitney York with a game-high 18 points, while Ashleigh Franklin carded 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Roadrunners dashed out to a 15-9 lead on a pair of three-point field goals by Amber Gregg with 12:44 to play. The Wildcats were able to get back into the game on a three-pointer by Kincaid with 11:41 to play in the opening half ignited a 10-0 run by K-State.

Much like the second half against VCU on Sunday, K-State continued to crash the boards, as Childs pulled in a board following a Sweat missed free throw. Childs was rewarded for her hustle on the glass by converting a 3-point play on the same possession to give K-State its largest lead of the half at 26-21 with 4:41 to play. The Wildcats pulled in eight offensive rebounds and 17 total in the opening stanza.

Kansas State was led in the first half by Sweat and Brittany Chambers with nine and eight points, respectively. K-State shot .400 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Following a break for the holidays, Kansas State will return to action on Dec. 29, at UC Davis. Game time is set for 9 p.m. (CT) and the contest can be heard live on the K-State Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 8:30 p.m. (CT).