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Balanced Attack Leads K-State Past Grambling State


Dec. 7, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State used a balanced scoring attack and a solid defensive effort to down Grambling State, 83-50, Saturday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats have now won 11 of its last 15 games in the month of December.

Redshirt freshman Kelly Thomson paced the Wildcats with 14 points off the bench, including four makes from beyond the arc. Thomson now has two games this season with four or more connections from the 3-point line including a career-high five at UTEP.

K-State's bench played a major role in the contest, outscoring the Lady Tiger bench, 52-0. On the season, the Wildcats have outscored its opponents, 195-103, in points off the bench and have held the advantage in six out of seven games this season. Of the 13 players to see action on Saturday for K-State, 12 players recorded at least two points during the contest on the day.

Haley Texada joined Thomson in double figures as she added 12 points, marking the fourth game this season and third straight that she has scored 10 or more points in a game.

Texada scored eight of the Wildcats' first 14 points over the opening nine minutes of the ballgame to give K-State a 14-9 advantage at the 10:48 mark before the Wildcats' bench entered the game and prompted a 28-7 scoring run, including a 15-0 stretch, to end the first half. During the blitz, freshman Erica Young carded seven points, while Kindred Wesemann and Thomson each knocked down a pair of three-point shots to close out the half. At the break, K-State led, 42-18, the largest halftime lead of the year for the Wildcats.

Despite giving up seven points over the first four minutes of the second half, K-State again used a strong and balanced scoring attack to put together a 16-2 run to stretch its lead to 37 points with 11:25 remaining in the game.

On the day, K-State forced Grambling State into 25 turnovers and held the Lady Tigers to a 19-for-54 (.352) performance from the floor. On the offensive end, the Wildcats recorded 26 assists on 31 made field goals. The 26 assists were the most assists K-State has registered since Dec. 4, 2009 against Grambling State, when the Wildcats handed out 30 assists.

K-State will close out its two-game home stand in the month of December with a 1 p.m., tip-off against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, Dec. 15. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

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