Wildcats Extend Streak to Eight with Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Marlies Gipson recorded her fifth double-double of the season and Kimberly Dietz scored a team-high 16 points as Kansas State ran past Iowa State, 80-49, Wednesday evening at Bramlage Coliseum.

With the win, Kansas State (13-5, 5-0 Big 12) extended its winning streak to eight games, the longest since a nine-game streak last season and advanced to 5-0 in the Big 12 for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Gipson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double since Dec. 29 at Loyla-Marymount. Shalee Lehning notched her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and dishing out 10 assists.

K-State shot 49.2 percent (31-of-63), including a blistering 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) from three-point range. It was the Cats best performance from long distance since shooting 61.9 percent against Rice on Dec. 29, 2006.

Kelsey Bolte led all scorers with 17 points to lead Iowa State (12-6, 1-4 Big 12), who only managed to shoot 36 percent (18-of-50) on the night, including going just 4-of-13 from three-point range.

Kansas State came out firing from behind three-point range from the beginning, hitting five of its first eight shots from behind the arc to build a 19-4 lead with 11:43 left in the first half. Not only were the Wildcats hitting on all cylinders on offense, but the K-State defense was just as good on the other end of the floor as it held Iowa State scoreless for five minutes and didn’t allow a Cyclone field goal for nearly seven minutes to push away from ISU early in the first half and go into the lockerrom with a 42-20 advantage.

K-State led by as many as 23 in the first 20 minutes as it shot 48.4 percent (15-for-31) from the field, including an impressive 60-percent clip (6-of-10) from three. Iowa State only hit 9-of-29 shots in the first half (31.0 percent) and went just 1-for-7 from behind the arc.

The Wildcats didn’t miss a beat as they came out of the lockerrom to go on a 17-0 run in the first six minutes and held Iowa State scoreless in the second half until a Shellie Mosman three-pointer at the 14:02 mark.

The Cats led by as many as 37 in the second half and and backed up its stellar shooting in the first half by nailing on 50 percent (16-of-32) of their shots in the second frame.

The Wildcats forced 17 Cyclone turnovers and scored 24 points off those miscues. The Cats also dominated in bench points, holding a 32-14 margin, as all 11 players saw action and scored.

Kansas State will hit the Big 12 road to face yet another ranked opponent as it takes on No. 14 Oklahoma State on Sunday, Jan. 27, in Stillwater, Okla. The game, which is set to be televised nationally on FSN, will tip at 1:30 p.m. from Gallagher-Iba Arena.