Lehning's Triple-Double Powers Cats Past ASU

JONESBORO, Ark. For the second straight game, Kansas State senior guard Shalee Lehning broke a school record as the Wildcats defeated Arkansas State, 69-58, Tuesday evening at the ASU Convocation Center.

 

Lehning, who scored 11 points, also added 14 rebounds and 12 assists to register her third career triple double, setting the school and Big 12 record.

 

The Wildcats are now off to their sixth 4-0 start in the Deb Patterson era, while K-State snapped an 11-game home winning streak by Arkansas State (2-3) and handed the Red Wolves just their third home loss in the last 23 contests dating back to the 2006-07 season.

 

Kansas State, who shot a season-best 52.9-percent (27-for-51) from the field, had four players in double figures, including Ashley Sweat, who led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Marlies Gipson added 14, while Kelsey Nelson finished with 11 off the bench.

 

Lehning was well on her way to a triple-double at the break after pulling down nine rebounds and tallying six assists. Nelson led all scorers with nine first-half points to lead the Wildcats to a 31-22 halftime lead.

 

Arkansas State came out of the locker room firing as the Red Wolves cut the lead to six at 33-27. However, K-State went on a 19-8 run over the next 7:05, capped by a Jalana Childs basket to put the game out of reach.

 

The Cats, who only trailed once in the early going, kept the game to a double-digit margin throughout most of the second half, including a 12-point lead with 3:20 left when Lehning hit a layup to register the record-setting triple-double.

 

Lehning’s effort of Tuesday evening also moved her into sixth place in career assists (614) in Big 12 history.

 

The Wildcats shot 62.5-percent (10-for-16) from the free throw line and outscored the Arkansas State bench, 23-16. ASU recorded an opponent season high 44 rebounds, including 25 on the offensive end. However, K-State limited the Red Wolves to an opponent season-low 30.6-percent shooting.

 

Kansas State returns to action Friday when it faces Jacksonville on the road in Florida. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.