Lehning's Triple-Double Paces Wildcats

BOULDER, Colo. Senior Shalee Lehning recorded her nation-leading third triple-double of the season and Kansas State used a strong second half to surge past Colorado, 71-61, Saturday at the Coors Event Center.

With the win, Kansas State improved to 23-6 overall and 10-6 in Big 12 play, while Colorado fell to 11-17 and 3-13. The road win also gave K-State its school-record 10th on the season.

Lehning, the All-American candidate, is now tied for third in NCAA history (all divisions) in career triple-doubles with five after collecting 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists Saturday.

Marlies Gipson led all scorers with 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Ashley Sweat added 13 points and six boards.

The Wildcats built a 32-18 lead in the first half but Colorado went on a 19-5 run to close out the opening 20 minutes to tie the game at 37.

K-State scored the first six points of the second half and never trailed in the game again, extending the margin to as many as 14 at 59-45 and again at 71-57.

The Wildcats shot 45-percent from the floor in the contest, while Colorado hit 42-percent, and the Cats out-rebounded the Buffs, 38-33.

Kansas State will now head to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the Big 12 Tournament March 12-15. Matchups, seeds and game times will be announced as they become available.