Jan. 12, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
Laurie Koehn scored 26 points to lift 14th-ranked Kansas State to an 85-71 victory over Nebraska in a Big 12 Conference women's basketball game Saturday played before a school-record crowd of 13,466 at Bramlage Coliseum.
The victory lifted the Wildcats to 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12, while the Cornhuskers fell to 11-6 and 1-3. K-State has won 13 straight games this season.
The crowd was announced as a sellout, the first for women's basketball in the history of Bramlage Coliseum. The previous high for attendance for a K-State women's game was 9,736, set on Feb. 22, 1997 at a game against Kansas. It was also the largest crowd a Wildcat women's team had ever played before either home or away.
Kendra Wecker added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, while Nicole Ohlde finished 18 points and nine boards.
Katie Robinette scored 16 points on 7-for-18 shooting from the floor to lead four Nebraska players in double figures. K.C. Cowgill scored 15 points for the Huskers, all from three-point range, with Stephanie Jones adding 14 points and Keasha Cannon scoring 10.
Kansas State iced the victory by hitting 22 of 25 free throws in the game, including a 19-for-22 effort in the second half.
Kristin Rethman scored five points and Wecker added four in an early 9-0 run that put K-State ahead 14-5 with 13:46 left in the first half. Nebraska cut the lead to four once before halftime. The lead was six with 6:06 remaining in the half when back-to-back three-pointers by Koehn and Wecker pushed the Wildcats' edge to 33-21.
K-State led 45-32 at the break, as Koehn had 14 points and Wecker finished the first half with 13.
Nebraska used a 9-0 run early in the second half to cut the deficit to 49-45 with 14:19 to play. But the K-State lead was never less than four points the rest of the way. The 'Cats led 65-59 with 7:16 left when Koehn buried a three-pointer and Ohlde hit two free throws to increase the lead to 11 with 6:21 remaining.
Kansas State led by at least 10 points the rest of the game.
Koehn's six three-pointers were the most ever by a Wildcat in a conference game. She hit 6 of 9 behind the arc and also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. K-State got four blocked shots by Ohlde and five steals by Wecker in a solid floor game.
Nebraska held a 46-42 edge in rebounding, as all but one Husker who played had at least one rebound. Cannon finished with five assists for Nebraska.
Kansas State travels to Texas A&M on Jan. 16. The Wildcats' next home game is Jan. 23 against Kansas.