Dec. 1, 2001
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Freshman Kendra Wecker recorded her second double-double of the season to lead Kansas State to a 72-56 victory over Harvard on Saturday in the championship game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic women's basketball tournament at Kansas State University.
Kansas State improved to 6-1 overall with the victory, while Harvard falls to 3-3 overall. K-State has now won six of the seven classic titles and remain undefeated at home this season with a 3-0 record.
Wecker led the Wildcats with 17 points and a career- and classic-high 20 rebounds. Wecker's 20 boards also tied the school record for rebounds in a game. Sophomore Nicole Ohlde had 16 points, freshman Megan Mahoney with 11 points and freshman Laurie Koehn with 10.
Reka Cserny scored all 20 of her points in the second half to lead Harvard. Hana Peljto had 12 points, while Tricia Tubridy had 11 points. Cserny also added a team-high 10 rebounds, including nine in the second half.
In the second half, Harvard scored the first six points of the half and put together an 13-4 run to come within six points, 46-40, at the 11:02 mark. Kansas State came back scoring the next 16 of 18 points in the game to take a 63-42 lead at the 4:46 mark. The Wildcats limited the Crimson to 28 points in the second half, while scoring 30.
Kansas State jumped out to an early eight-point lead in the first half, 10-2, and had a 14-point lead, 28-14, at 5:12 before both teams sank six straight three-pointers (Laurie Koehn three) that left K-State up 37-23 at the 2:33 mark. The Wildcats scored the final two baskets of the half to take a 42-27 halftime lead. Wecker had 13 points and nine rebounds in the half, while Harvard's Tubridy had 11 points.
Kansas State returns to action on Thursday, Dec. when they host UW-Green Bay at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.
2001-2002 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team
LaKandra Davis, Grambling State
Mandi Carver, Idaho State
Tricia Tubridy, Harvard
Laurie Koehn, Kansas State
Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State
MVP - Kendra Wecker, Kansas State