K-State Stung By Emporia State

MANHATTAN, Kan. Three Kansas State players reached double figures in scoring on Sunday afternoon against Emporia State, but the Lady Hornets delivered a stinging blow with a 64-59 win over the Wildcats in exhibition women’s basketball at Bramlage Coliseum.


The loss by the Wildcats ends a 14-game winning streak in exhibition play. The streak dated back to the 1998-99 season. Head coach Deb Patterson is now 19-9 all-time in exhibition action.


K-State was led by junior Kimberly Dietz and senior Claire Coggins with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Sophomore Marlies Gipson also was in double figures with 12 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.


Emporia State’s Cassondra Boston and Michelle Stueve proved to be a formidable duo with Boston scoring 21 points, including a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Stueve was 6 of 14 from the field as she registered a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.


For the game, K-State shot just 33.3 percent from the field (20 of 60), including just 20 percent from 3-point range (5 for 20). The Wildcats did convert 93.3 percent of their free throws (14 of 15) on the afternoon, including all 11 in the second half.


Emporia State was 40.4 percent from the field (19 for 47) and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc (4 of 17). The Lady Hornets had the advantage on the boards at 40-29 and were 22 of 28 from the free throw line.     


The Wildcats held a slim 27-24 margin at the half, on the strength of 11 first-half points by Coggins. The product of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was 5 of 8 from the field and 1 for 2 from beyond the arc in the half.


Kansas State will open the 2006-07 regular season on Friday in Bramlage Coliseum against Wisconsin-Green Bay at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will raise the 2006 WNIT Championship banner and will distribute championship rings in a pregame ceremony.


It is also a “Wildcat Weekend” beginning with the women’s basketball game on Friday night. Bring your men’s basketball ticket against William & Mary or your football ticket from the Texas game to Bramlage and receive entry to the women’s game for just a $1.