Cats Stay Atop Big 12 After 56-40 Win

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Ashley Sweat and Kimberly Dietz each scored 15 points and No. 17 Kansas State held its lead in the Big 12 Conference with a 56-40 win over Missouri on Sunday.

After taking over first place in the Big 12 on Wednesday with a win over Iowa State and a Baylor loss to Texas, the Wildcats needed a win to remain there after the No. 8 Lady Bears beat No. 10 Oklahoma 79-59 earlier in the day.

It wasn't easy for Kansas State (18-6, 10-1 Big 12) as the Wildcats shot just 37 percent in the first half and led by only six points at the break.

Sweat scored seven points in the first seven minutes of the second half, Dietz made three 3-pointers and reserve Shana Wheeler scored her only six points in the same span to help extend the lead to 48-32 midway through the half.

The Tigers (8-16, 1-10), losers of nine straight, shot a season-low 22 percent. Leading scorer Alyssa Hollins, who averages 15 points, struggled from the floor, shooting 5-for-19 with 14 points. Jessra Johnson recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Missouri went more than seven minutes in the second half without scoring a point, after which Kansas State led 51-34.

Shalee Lehning added 11 rebounds and six assists for Kansas State, which has won 12 of its last 13 following a 5-5 start.