Wildcats Down ?Roos at Municipal, 64-56

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  Kimberly Dietz poured in 18 points and Kansas State won its fifth straight game, defeating UMKC 64-56 Saturday afternoon at Municipal Auditorium. 

Marlies Gipson added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Claire Coggins and Shana Wheeler chipped in with 11 and 10 points each, respectively, for Kansas State (8-1), which used a big second half to pull away.

Shalee Lehning dished out four assists and led all players with 12 rebounds, helping the Wildcats to a 46-35 edge on the glass.

UMKC (2-9) got 10 points and 10 rebounds from Stephanie Brown and a team-best 14 points from Brittny Picconi, but it wasn’t enough to avoid its ninth loss in the last 10 games.

Kansas State got off to a strong start and jumped out to a 13-6 lead just over eight minutes into the game on a bucket by Coggins.

But the Kangaroos rallied behind a pair of 3-pointers by Leigh Mead and triples by Tobey Beer and Chazny Morris to go up 24-21 with seven minutes to go in the half.

K-State, though, had an answer and scored the final five points of the period, including a trey by Dietz at the 1:26 mark that was one of her game-high four on the afternoon.

Another 3-pointer by Dietz midway through the second half gave the Wildcats their first double-digit lead of the game at 45-34 and K-State never looked back.

UMKC pulled within five with 6:29 to go when Brown hit her second of two free throws. But that’s as close as the Kangaroos would get.

K-State, which shot 19 free throws in the second half, connected on its last five in a row to keep the game out of reach.

Kansas State returns to action on Dec. 15, when the Wildcats host Santa Clara at Bramlage Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.