Dec. 30, 2001
Baltimore, Md. -
Sophomore center Nicole Ohlde and freshman forward Kendra Wecker each collected their fourth double-doubles of the season in helping Kansas State to a 72-60 victory over host Loyola in the championship game of the Loyola College Holiday Tournament played before 276 fans at Reitz Arena on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Kansas State extended its winning streak to nine games to improve to 12-1 overall. Loyola fell to 7-4. The Wildcats shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) in the game, including 48.5 percent (16-of-33) in the second half, and outrebounded the Greyhounds, 45-41. Loyola forced 21 K-State turnovers, but shot just 32.8 percent (22-of-67) in the loss.
Named to the all-tournament team for her efforts, Ohlde led four Kansas State players in double figures with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while she added a game-high 12 rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Freshman guard Laurie Koehn, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while backcourt mate Megan Mahoney tallied 16 points. Wecker closed out the Wildcats' effort with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Shontrese Smith came off the bench to pace three Loyola players in double figures with 16 points, while guard Jennifer Mitchell and forward Robbyn Poole each tallied 12 points. Forward Katie Netherton led the Greyhounds with 10 rebounds.
Kansas State forced nine turnovers and held Loyola to 25.0 percent (8-of-32) shooting from the field in the first half en route to a 30-23 halftime advantage. The Wildcats never trailed in the first half, opening the game with an 11-4 spurt in the first six minutes. However, the Greyhounds scored 10 of the next 13 points to tie the game at 14-all then again at 16-all with just under 10 minutes to play. K-State then answered with 10 straight points to put the lead back into double-digits with 5:45 to play. The team pushed the lead to as many as 11 points on two occasions before taking the seven-point lead at halftime.
Kansas State continued to hold the lead in the early moments of the second half, as the Wildcats scored the first nine points of the half to take a 39-23 advantage at the 16:46 mark. K-State pushed the lead to as many as 20 points at the 11:41 and 8:29 marks before Loyola used a 19-4 run to cut the deficit to 61-56 with just under four minutes to play. However, the Wildcats answered with an 8-1 run to push the lead back out to 12 points with 42 seconds remaining.
Kansas State begins Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa, to face fourth-ranked Iowa State (11-0) at 7 p.m. CST.