K-State powers past Emporia State, 89-57

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State used a balanced scoring attack to finish exhibition play undefeated, as the Wildcats posted an 89-57 win over Division II Emporia State on Friday night at Bramlage Coliseum. 


Junior forward Ashley Sweat led all scorers for the second straight game with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, as 11 different Wildcats scored points, including seven with eight or more points.  Senior guard Kelsey Nelson chipped in 12 points, while All-America candidate and senior Shalee Lehning was stellar all-around once again with 10 points, a team-high seven rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes.


Kansas State used an early 10-0 run, just minutes into the game, to blow open a 4-all tie.    After a 3-pointer by ESU’s Cassondra Boston closed the gap to six with 13:40 to go, the Wildcats scored the next 12 points to open up an 18-point lead with just under 10 minutes to play.  The Hornets could get no closer than 13 points the rest of the half, as K-State finished with five straight points for a 45-27 halftime lead.


The second half resembled much of the first, as K-State held a double-digit throughout with the lead ballooning to as much as 36 points.  The teams traded baskets in the early going before the Wildcats used an 18-4 run over an eight-minute stretch to take a 72-41 edge with 7:59 left.  K-State remained comfortably ahead the rest of the way, as the squad has now won five of its last six exhibition games.     


Senior forward Ida Edwards paced the Lady Hornets with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Boston added 12 points and a team-high five assists. 


Kansas State shot 48.3 percent for the game, including 53.3 percent in the first half, while holding Emporia State to 40 percent and forcing 23 turnovers.  It marked the second time this season that the Wildcats have connected on 50 or better percent for a half, as the team shot 51.5 in the second half against Washburn on Sunday.  The Wildcats also held the advantage on the boards, 38-27, for the second straight game, while turning the ball over just 10 times.


Kansas State officially opens the 2008-09 season on Friday with a trip to El Paso, Texas, to take Texas-El Paso at the Don Haskins Center at 6:30 p.m.