K-State Shoots Down Bluejays

MANHATTAN, Kan.   Kansas State burned the nets Monday night to defeat Creighton, 94-79, before a crowd of 3,615 in Bramlage Coliseum. The victory moves head coach Deb Patterson six wins shy of becoming K-State’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach.


The Wildcats (2-0) were 35-of-61 from the field (57.4%) for the night, including 6-of-12 from beyond the 3-point stripe. This is the highest final field goal percentage for the Wildcats, since Nov. 26, 2005 at Santa Clara when the K-State hit on 59.4 percent of their attempts. K-State also was tremendous from the free throw line, hitting 18-of-21 attempts (85.7%).


Kansas State had five players in double-figures in scoring, with sophomore Marlies Gipson leading the way for the second straight game with 17 points on 8-of-11 from the field. The forward from McPherson, Kan., also cleaned the glass for eight rebounds to pace K-State in this category for the second time as well.


Joining Gipson in double figures were senior Claire Coggins and junior Kimberly Dietz with 15 points apiece and freshman Ashley Sweat and sophomore Shalee Lehning with 12 and 11, respectively. Lehning dished out a season and game-high seven assists, while Coggins equaled a career-high with five steals.


Creighton had four players reach double digits in scoring, led by Ally Thrall with a game-high 22 points. The Bluejays also received a strong interior presence from Kristina Voss with 13 points and nine boards.  


K-State took command of the first half with an early 9-0 run to push out to an 11-2 lead. The K-State margin reached 19 with just under three minutes to play in the first, 46-27. The Wildcats finished the half up 46-35 on 64.3 percent shooting from the field (18-of-28). It is the highest first half shooting percentage since Jan. 14, 2006 against Colorado, when the Wildcats hit on 68.6 percent of their shots enroute to a 50 point half.


Coggins led the way at the half with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including one-of-one from beyond the arc. Gipson chipped in with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and snared eight rebounds.


The Bluejays (0-2) used a 13-0 run that spanned the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half to pull to within six at 46-40, but K-State used a 15-3 run on the shoulders of five points from Danielle Zanotti and four apiece from Lehning and Coggins to take a decisive 63-45 lead with 11:28 to play.


Kansas State will wrap up its three-game homestand on Friday night against Wyoming. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.