K-State Extends Streak; Defeats Tech 71-45

MANHATTAN, Kan. In their Big 12 home opener, the Kansas State Wildcats earned their sixth-consecutive win after defeating Texas Tech 71-45 in Bramlage Coliseum Wednesday night. K-State improved its conference record to perfect 3-0 and its overall record to 11-5. The Big 12 start is the best mark since the 2003-04 Wildcats powered to a 4-0 start.


Kimberly Dietz and Ashley Sweat each provided a game-high 17 points to give the Cats their 10th straight home win. Defensively Shalee Lehning took control of the boards by grabbing 12 of the team’s 40 rebounds.


Dietz shot 7-for-16 from the field while adding three from behind the arc. Sweat also had seven field goals drop and gained six points from three-point land.


In the first half, the Wildcats gained a slight edge in momentum from the start when a Dietz fastbreak layup gave K-State a nine-point advantage with 10:46 remaining. Thirteen first-half turnovers from the Red Raiders allowed K-State to push a wider gap between the conference foes. The Cats earned their largest lead of 14 points with 7:26 on the clock after back-to-back three pointers from Dietz and Danielle Zanotti.


K-State continued to control the game in the second half after shooting 42.4 percent and holding Texas Tech to 30.3 percent. Two closing threes pushed the game to its largest lead with a margin of 27 as the Wildcats outscored their opponent 40-25 in the second half.


In addition to 12 rebounds, Lehning dished out nine assists for a game-high and also strung together seven points. Marlies Gipson shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line to aid in her nine.


Tech’s Maria Moore finished with 13 points and was the only Red Raider to score in double digits. Twenty team turnovers proved costly in the loss that drops Tech to 12-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference.


The Wildcats will play the second of a three-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 19th, when K-State welcomes No. 25 Colorado. The game has a 7 p.m. tip and will be the second contest in a Wildcat doubleheader as the men’s team takes on No. 10 Texas A&M at 3 p.m.