DAVIS, Calif. - Kansas State, behind the strength of a season-high 13 made three-point field goals, defeated UC Davis on Tuesday night, 73-59, at The Pavilion. The Wildcats have now won three straight for the first time this season.
With the victory, Kansas State becomes the 11th program in NCAA Division I history and the second in the Big 12 (Texas) to win 775 games. In the 42-year history of the program, K-State owns a record of 775-455 (.630).
K-State saw five players reach double figures led by senior forward Ashley Sweat with 25 points. Also in double figures were freshmen guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr with 12 apiece and junior guard Shalin Spani and senior guard Kari Kincaid with 11. Kincaid led the Wildcats with seven assists.
The Wildcats finished the contest with a season-high 13-of-25 from the three-point line, as Karr was 4-of-5 and Spani and Kincaid were 3-of-6 and 3-of-8, respectively. The 13 connections were the most since Dec. 29, 2006 against Rice in Miami, Fla.
Kansas State registered a .458 field goal percentage and held the advantage on the glass, 38-29, including 14 offensive rebounds. The Wildcats were led on the boards by sophomore forwards Branshea Brown and Jalana Childs with nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
The Wildcats (7-6) built upon its nine-point halftime lead in the opening stages of the second half to hold a 13-point lead, 45-32, with 15:13 to play. UC Davis cut the lead to nine on a Samantha Meggison steal and layup, but Sweat answered with a layup with 10:50 to play.
Sweat helped push K-State to a 14-point lead with a personal run of 10 straight points, as the Wildcats held a 58-44 lead with 7:14 to play.
K-State used deadly three-point shooting to take an early 23-16 lead with 7:51 to play. Of K-State's first nine made field goals, five came from beyond the arc including two from Karr.
The Wildcats finished the opening half with a 36-27 lead, as Chambers closed the half with a steal and layup before the halftime buzzer.
The Wildcats were bolstered by 8-of-17 shooting from three-point range, including three from Kincaid. For the half, the Wildcats were 14-of-32 (.438) from the field and outrebounded the Aggies, 24-12, including nine offensive boards. Kincaid and Sweat paced K-State with 11 points apiece in the first stanza.
UC Davis (7-5) was led by Cortney French with 15 points on 5-of-7 from the three-point line.
K-State returns to Manhattan, as the Wildcats will host Yale on Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest can be heard on the K-State Sports Network and tickets can be purchased at www.kstatesports.com or by calling (800) 221-CATS.