K-State Survives Scare from Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. Ashley Sweat registered a game-high 19 points, while Shalee Lehning and Marlies Gipson were clutch from the free throw line as Kansas State came back to defeat Northwestern on Monday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 57-52.


Sweat, who finished with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and a team-high seven rebounds, pushed the Wildcats (2-0) along in the second half by scoring 12 straight points to key K-State early in the stanza and bringing the Wildcats to within two at 39-37 with 9:20 to play.


Northwestern (0-2) pushed out to a 50-44 lead on an Amy Jaeschke layup with 4:15 to play. After a K-State timeout, Gipson tallied a layup and two free throws to bring the Wildcats to within two, 50-48. After a Northwestern shot clock violation, Lehning put the Wildcats up for the first time since halftime with a three-point field goal from the right wing, 51-50.


K-State’s defense held on the ensuing Northwestern possession and Lehning sliced down the lane for an acrobatic layup for a 53-50 lead with 45 seconds to play. After a jumper by Meshia Reed brought Northwestern to within one, Lehning and Gipson made two free throws apiece to seal the win.


Gipson finished with 18 points, including 10 in the first half, and three rebounds. Lehning tallied 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting, a game-high seven assists and three rebounds. With the seven assists, Lehning tied Megan Mahoney (2001-05) for the career assists record at Kansas State with 589.


Northwestern was led by Jaeschke with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Reed scored 14 points and carded three steals.


Kansas State will return to Manhattan to open the home portion of their schedule on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. The Wildcats will celebrate their 2007-08 Big 12 Championship with a pregame ring ceremony.