K-State Fends Off Weber State

MANHATTAN, Kan. Senior Claire Coggins and freshman Ashley Sweat each poured in 10 second half points to push Kansas State past Weber State, 59-54. The Wildcats have now won 12 straight in Bramlage Coliseum.

 

K-State (10-1) was led by Coggins with 14 points and nine rebounds. It is just the second time this season the Lee’s Summit, Mo., native has paced the Wildcats in points and the first time in boards.

 

Sweat led the Wildcat bench with 12 points, as K-State outscored the Weber State bench 23-7. Also chipping in off the pine was junior Shana Wheeler with nine points and six boards, including five offensive.

 

Sophomore Marlies Gipson sparked the Kansas State defense with a school-record tying and Bramlage Coliseum record seven blocked shots. The McPherson, Kan., product boosted her season total to 29 and her career total to 91. She now trails Olga Firsova by just nine blocks for third in school history in career blocks.

 

Weber State (4-7) was led by Sara Tuomi with 15 points and nine rebounds and Chelsey Warburton with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

 

K-State held a one-point lead at the break, 27-26, but the Wildcats from Weber State secured a 28-27 lead to open the second half. The teams traded baskets up to the 12:50 mark, when a pair of Sweat free throws gave K-State the lead for good at 41-40. This started a 7-0 run for K-State, highlighted by a jumper and layup from Sweat.

 

Weber State closed the gap to one, 53-52, with 2:55 to play. The Wildcats were able to had three opportunities on their following possession as Coggins missed a jumper that was rebounded by Wheeler. Shalee Lehning was then forced into a long three-point attempt to beat the shot clock, the ball caromed directly to a leaping Coggins, who converted the basket. Two free throws from Kimberly Dietz and a layup from Sweat sealed the K-State win.

 

Kansas State will now be off for the holidays and will return to action on Dec. 29 in Miami, Fla., against Rice. K-State will return to Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 6 to play Texas A&M at 2 p.m.