Wildcats Hold Off Cyclones, 45-42

AMES, Iowa - Kimberly Dietz scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half to lead No. 17 Kansas State over Iowa State, 45-42, Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas State (17-6, 9-1 Big 12) recorded its 12 win in the last 13 games and, with Baylor's loss to Texas Wednesday night, the Wildcats took a half-game lead in the Big 12 standings.

Dietz scored her 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including a 2-for-3 mark from three-point range. With her effort, she moved into a tie for 15th on K-State’s all-time scoring chart. Marlies Gipson also scored in double-figures, dropping 10 points and also had a six blocks, the most by a Wildcat this season.

Kansas State held double-digit leads on three occasions in the first half, including a 12-point lead with 2:48 remaining the frame, and went into the break up nine at 26-17.

Iowa State (15-8, 4-6 Big 12) came out firing and tied the game at 30 with 14:51 left in the game but jumpers by Ashley Sweat and Marlies Gipson kept the Cats ahead the rest of the way.

The Wildcats shot over 40 percent for the 15th time this season and the first time in the past three games as they were true on 43.5 percent (20-of-46) of its shots as oppoised to Iowa State’s 32 percent (16-of-50). The Cats also held the advantage on the boards as they out-rebounded ISU 34-28.

Kansas State will stay on the Big 12 road this Sunday, Feb. 17, as the Wildcats travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri. Tipoff from Mizzou Arena is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcat on FSN Midwest.