MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State scored a season-high 87 points and shot nearly 50-percent from the field as the Wildcats topped Grambling State, 87-62, Friday evening in the second semifinal matchup of the 2009 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic at Bramlage Coliseum.
Kansas State (3-4) moved to 15-0 in semifinal contests of the Wildcat Classic and won its seventh-straight game in the tournament.
The Wildcats tallied season highs in many categories, including points, field goals (35), assists (30) and rebounds (44). The 30 assists were the most by a K-State team since the Cats also had 30 assists against New Hampshire in 2004.
The Wildcats scored more than 80 points for the first time since Jan. 3 last season against Central Arkansas, while the 87 points were the most since scoring 90 against Texas State on December 16, 2007.
Ashley Sweat led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting. It was the 42nd game of her career in which she paced the Wildcats in scoring, while it was her second-highest output of the season behind a 33-point effort against Washington State.
Brittany Chambers, 18 points, and Jalana Childs, 10 points, also scored in double figures, while Kari Kincaid dished out a career-high 11 assist.
Grambling State (3-3) was led by Secrett Anderson, who scored 13 points on just 4-of-10 shooting, but was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Kiara Marshall added 11 points, nine of which came from behind the arc.
Kansas State was in complete control of the game from the beginning as it jumped out to a 13-2 lead and held Grambling State (3-3) scoreless for the first 3:26. The Cats also shot 9-for-14 (64.3-percent) in the first 7:03. The Wildcats cooled down as the half progressed, but they still maintained a double-digit point lead at 47-26 heading into the half. The Wildcats extended the lead to as many as 32 points in the second half on the way to the victory.
The Wildcats will look for its 12th Wildcat Classic title on Saturday as they face Missouri State in the championship game at 3 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. The championship game follows the consolation contest between UTEP and Missouri State, which begins at 1 p.m.
UTEP vs. Missouri State: Missouri State's Casey Garrison scored 24 points, while Jaleshia Roberson added 20, as the Lady Bears topped UTEP, 80-73, in the first semifinal matchup of the 2009 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Miners jumped out to a 15-4 lead within the first five minutes of the contest, but Missouri State (4-2) came charging back to cut the deficit to within four at halftime.
The two teams traded leads six times in the second frame until Missouri State pushed its lead to eight with two minutes remaining. UTEP (5-3) was able to cut the lead to three, but Missouri State hit 13 free throws in the final five minutes to preserve the victory.