Wildcats Run Past Bulldogs

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Ashley Sweat led a trio of Wildcats in double figures with 18 points as Kansas State won its third game in a row with a 78-59 win over Yale Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. With the win, the Wildcats moved to 8-6 on the year, while Yale dropped to 4-7.

An 18-0 K-State run that spanned the final four minutes of the first half and the first three of the second half broke open a close contest and proved to be the difference on Saturday.

Sweat led the way for the Wildcats with her 18 points, while Brittany Chambers pitched in 16 points and Taelor Karr 15. Karr's 15 points came via a career-best five three-pointers on the afternoon as she was on fire from long range making 5-of-8 shots.

The Bulldogs held a 17-7 advantage early in the first half, but the Wildcats heated up from the field over the final five minutes to take a 34-28 lead at the break. Behind Sweat, who had 12 first-half points, the Wildcats closed the first half on a 9-0 run and scored 14 of the final 16 points in the first half.

Both teams shot 40-percent from the floor in the first half, while the Cats connected on 5-of-15 three-pointers during the first 20 minutes.

K-State picked up right where it left off in the first half by scoring the first nine points in the second half to take a 43-28 lead. Yale's 3-pointer at the 17:02 mark in the game snapped the 18-point run for the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs would get as close as six at 53-47 but the Wildcats put the game away with a rain of 3-pointers to outscore Yale 25-12 over the last nine minutes of the contest. K-State made 12 shots from long distance in the contest to put the Bulldogs away including 7-of-11in the second half.

K-State opens Big 12 Conference play next Saturday when it hosts rival Kansas. The game, which will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net, will tip at 11 a.m.

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