K-State Ties School-Best Start with Victory

PULLMAN, Wash. Kansas State’s Ashley Sweat scored 30 points, while Marlies Gipson recorded her 15th career double-double, as the Wildcats tied the school’s best start since the program’s inaugural season by defeating Washington State, 74-58, Sunday afternoon at Friel Court.

Kansas State moved to 11-0 for just the second time in school history, tying the mark set by the 1968-69 squad. Furthermore, the 11-game winning streak to start the season is tied for the fourth-longest overall streak in school history. The victory also marked the seventh-straight road win for the Wildcats dating back to last season.

Sweat scored 17 of her game-high 30 points in the first half and connected on 14-of-19 field goals for the contest. Her 30 points were the most by a Wildcat since her career-high 31 in the WNIT Championship against Wyoming on March 28, 2007. Furthermore, Sweat’s 14 made field goals marked a Wildcat season high.

Gipson added 16 points and a season-best 13 rebounds on the way to her second double-double of the season. The senior was 7-of-16 from the floor and hit her first three-pointer of the year.

Kansas State led by as many as 12 in the first half at 29-17, but Washington State wouldn’t back down as the Cougars closed the half on a 13-4 run which included three three-pointers to cut the lead to 33-30 at halftime.

The Wildcats came out of the break hot as they scored the half’s first five points in just 1:07 to take a 38-30 lead. However, Washington State came within three points on multiple occasions before the Wildcats took an eight-point lead at 47-39.

The Cougars would still not go away as they cut the deficit to two at 53-51. K-State followed with an 8-0 run to lead by 10 at 61-51 and never looked back.

The Wildcats captured their 11th win by shooting a season-best 57.4 percent from the field (31-of-54). It marked the highest percentage since a 59.3 clip against Lipscomb on November 30, 2007.

Kari Kincaid, who ran the point for most of the second half, added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a 3-for-4 mark from beyond the arc, on her 21st birthday.

Kansas State will conclude its northwest road trip as the Wildcats travel to Seattle to face Washington on Tuesday at Bank of America Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT).