Cats Pull Off Home Upset Over Buffs

MANHATTAN, Kan. With their seventh-straight win, the Kansas State Wildcats continued their stronghold on the Big 12 lead with a 67-60 win over No. 25 Colorado Saturday night. Four Wildcats notched double-digit points while Kimberly Dietz led all with 18. K-State improves to 4-0 in the conference and 12-5 overall, as the Buffaloes drop to 12-5 overall, 1-3 Big 12.

 

Senior guard Dietz finished the night going 6-for-13 from the field while providing nine points in three pointers. Shalee Lehning earned her eighth career double-double and third of the season as she put together an 11-point, 11-rebound effort. The junior from Sublette, Kan., controlled the defensive boards with nine rebounds and dished out eight assists for Cat offense.

 

Marlies Gipson and Ashley Sweat added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Cats that finished with 45.6 percent shooting. The quick hands of K-State grabbed 12 steals, tying the season high.

 

Defensively, Colorado owned the boards as the Buffs held a 40-27 rebound advantage on the Wildcats.

 

The Buffs stormed to an early 12-6 lead in the first 5:30 of the matchup, but a three-point basket from Kari Kincaid keyed a shift in momentum. For the next 4:36, the Wildcats’ defense held Colorado without a single point and forced a pair of turnovers and two fouls. In that time, the Cats’ offense went on an 11-0 run to put K-State on top 17-12.

 

A back-and-forth battle ensued the remainder of the first half as the Cats and Buffaloes were tied three times and changed leads on seven occasions. K-State went to the lockerroom with the 35-31 lead and had five individuals with five or more points including seven from each Lehning and Dietz.

 

Colorado was able to return to the court to score the first four points of the second half and bring the game to a tie. Down 45-41 with 12:44 on the clock, K-State took control after putting together three-consecutive shots from behind the three-point arc. With two threes from Dietz and one from Sweat, K-State forced a Buff timeout with a 50-45 lead at 10:57.

 

KSU was able to feed off of the energy established from the run and maintained an advantage over the visiting team. The Wildcats captured their largest lead of the game at 13 with 4:05 remaining.

 

The Cats will close out their three-game homestand with a battle against Iowa State on Wed., Jan. 23. Tipoff from Bramlage Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m.