Leick Leads K-State to Second Win in Italy

Aug. 12, 2013

K-State Athletics

MONTEGROTTO, Italy - With another strong second half defensive effort and the interior domination by Katya Leick, Kansas State registered its second win on the team's three-game trip through Italy with an 80-32 victory over the Vicenza All-Stars on Monday night.

Leick, playing in just her second game in a Wildcat uniform and her second in almost three years, led a strong K-State effort on the boards and earned game most valuable player honors, as she tallied a double-double of 27 points and 24 rebounds including 15 on the defensive end. For the game, K-State hauled in 72 rebounds including 42 defensive boards to control the interior.

If Leick's performance had occurred in the regular season, it would have set the school record for rebounds in a single game surpassing the record of 20 held by three players and last achieved by Shalee Lehning against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6, 2005. The effort would have also set new career-highs for Leick, as she owns highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Joining Leick in double figures in scoring were junior Haley Texada and sophomore Bri Craig. Texada turned a balanced performance of 15 points, six rebounds and a game-high eight assists. Craig notched 13 points, including three connections from beyond the arc, three rebounds and four assists.

K-State raced out to a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, as Leick scored nine points and Craig added six. Both teams went cold in the second quarter, but the Wildcats turned up the defensive intensity to hold a 33-20 lead at the half. Leick had already secured a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the opening half.

In the third quarter, the Wildcats surrendered just one made field goal to the Vicenza All-Stars in the 10-minute period to outscore the overmatched hosts, 27-3, in the frame. K-State was led by Leick with seven points, Texada with five and freshman Erica Young chipped in with four, as six Wildcats scored in the stanza.

The Wildcats closed out the game with a 20-9 performance in the final quarter. Leick again led Kansas State with seven points and Craig turned in five.

Kansas State will conclude its three-game tour through Italy on Saturday night, as the Wildcats will face ASD Bull Basket in Rome.

                           1     2      3      4     Final
Kansas State        21    12    27    20    80
Vicenza All-Stars   12     8     3      9      32

K-State Player stats
Name                          Points, Rebounds, Assists
Jessica Sheble        5, 8, 1
Haley Texada        15, 6, 8
Erica Young             7, 4, 0
Katya Leick            27, 24, 3
Chantay Caron        2, 6, 1
Kelly Thomson        3, 5, 1
Heidi Brown            0, 3, 1
Bri Craig               13, 3, 4
Breanna Lewis        4, 10, 0
Jai Murphy             4, 3, 1
Totals                  80, 72, 19