K-State Cruises to NCAA Second Round

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Marlies Gipson scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting while Shalee Lehning tied her own school record with 13 assists as fifth-seeded Kansas State beat No. 12 Drexel, 68-44, Saturday night.

Lehning's 13 assists were the most in school history for a NCAA Tournament game and also were the most in any NCAA Women's Tournament game since LSU's Tameka Johnson had 15 in 2005.

Ashley Sweat and Kari Kincaid each added 11 points for the Wildcats (25-7), who will play No. 4 seed Vanderbilt on Monday night. Earlier, the Commodores beat No. 13 Western Carolina 73-44.

The Dragons (24-9) saw their 16-game winning streak end because Gabriela Marginean, the nation's No. 3 scorer with a 23.6 average, was never a factor. She was whistled for two fouls in the first 4 minutes and didn't return until halftime.

K-State, ahead 26-19 at the break, shot 58-percent from the floor in the second half and outscored Drexel, 42-25, in the final 20 minutes to take complete control of the contest.

Marginean finished with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting.