K-State edged at Iowa State, 73-68

AMES, Iowa Kimberly Dietz scored a career-high 25 points and Claire Coggins added 21, but Iowa State hit six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to edge Kansas State, 73-68, before 10,877 at Hilton Coliseum Saturday afternoon.

Four ties and six lead changes highlighted a back-and-fourth second half during which neither team led by more than five points.

A free throw by Danielle Zanotti put Kansas State (15-5, 3-4 Big 12) up 60-58 with 6:37 to play, but it would prove to be the final lead of the game for the Wildcats.

Allison Lacey, who led Iowa State (16-5, 4-4 Big 12) with 25 points, knotted the game at 60-60 with a free throw then gave the Cyclones the lead for good with her fourth 3-pointer of the game with 3:13 on the clock.

K-State would cut the Cyclones’ lead to a single point on three separate occasions in the final three minutes, the last coming on a layup by Ashley Sweat with just 35 seconds to play that made it 67-66.

But a pair of free throws by Toccara Ross, who netted 16 points on the afternoon, two by Lyndsey Medders and two by Lacey were enough to hold off the Wildcats.

The six consecutive makes were part of a 13-for-16 second-half effort at the stripe by Iowa State, which did not attempt a free throw in the first half.

The Cyclones also outrebounded the Wildcats, 36-28, as K-State once again struggled on the boards in its third straight game without Marlies Gipson.

Shana Wheeler did an admirable job down low for the Wildcats, finishing with nine points and a season-high nine rebounds. K-State also got 10 points from Sweat, who scored the last six points of the game for the Cats.

Kansas State led early in the first half before Iowa State ripped off a 12-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 16-9 just five minutes into the contest.

Dietz, who tied a career-high with six 3-pointers, canned a pair from beyond the arc and Coggins knocked down third as K-State responded with nine straight points to go back on top 18-16 just two minutes later.

Another trey by Dietz with just under a minute to go before halftime gave the Cats a two point lead, but Heather Ezell’s 3-pointer at the 32 second mark sent the Cyclones to the locker room with a 36-35 edge.

Kansas State continues its brief two-game Big 12 road swing on Wednesday, Jan. 31, when the Wildcats travel to Colorado. Tip off from the Coors Events Center in Boulder is set for 8 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (MST).