MANHATTAN, Kan. - Powered by a 28-3 run to start the second half and a stifling defensive effort, Kansas State won its fifth straight game with a convincing 59-35 victory over rival and 24th-ranked Kansas on Saturday in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
With the win, the Wildcats moved to 9-6 on the year and 1-0 in Big 12 play, while Kansas dropped to 10-4 and 0-1. The victory also gave K-State its ninth straight in Big 12 home openers.
Ashley Sweat paced the Wildcats with 24 points, while Jalana Childs added 15 and Taelor Karr 10. Brittany Chambers led the Wildcats in rebounds with eight, while Karr added seven.
K-State held the visiting Jayhawks to 26.4 percent shooting on the afternoon, including a 17.4 percentage in the second half on just 4-of-23 shooting. The Wildcats forced 20 turnovers on the day and converted them to 23 points.
With K-State clinging to a 24-22 lead at halftime, the Wildcats took control of the game by scoring 28 of the first 31 points of the second half with nine of those points coming from Sweat. The Jayhawks did not record a field goal in the second half until the 6:32 mark and the Cats led by as many as 29 in the second half. Kansas did not get any closer than 21 points for the remainder of the contest.
K-State grabbed control of the contest early on thanks to a tenacious defense. The Wildcats held visiting Kansas without a field goal for the first 6:48 of the first half as K-State took early leads of 6-0 and 11-2. The Wildcats held a 16-10 lead at the 7:08 mark of the first half until the Jayhawks scored six straight to tie the game.
Both teams would trade baskets for the remainder of the half as Kansas State held a tight 24-22 advantage at the break. The Wildcats were led by Sweat and Childs in the first half as each scored 10 points, while the K-State defense forced 10 turnovers and held the Jayhawks to a 33-percent shooting percentage in the opening 20 minutes.
K-State continues Big 12 Conference play Wednesday at Missouri. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.