MANHATTAN, Kan. With a game-high 21 points, freshman Jackie Stanley finished as one of five Wildcats in double-figure scoring as Kansas State cruised to an 87-38 victory against Southern Utah Monday in Bramlage Coliseum.
Stanley, out of Wylie, Texas, came off of the bench to shoot 9-for-11 from the field and finish perfect from the line, knocking down all three free throw attempts. The freshman forward brought down six boards on the night to match her mark from her Wildcat debut against Washington on Nov. 11th.
The Wildcats (2-0) took control of the game from the tip as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the Thunderbirds scored their first points with 16:47 in the first. The contest continued to favor the home team as K-State led by 26 at the half with a score of 44-18, with Stanley leading all scorers at the half as the only player with double-figures with 12.
As the night wore on, junior Shalee Lehning put together a 16-point and six-rebound performance. With eight assists on the night, the junior point guard from Sublette, Kan., moves into sole possession of third place all-time in career assists for Kansas State with 387, passing Kendra Wecker (2001-05) and Cassandra Jones (1982-86).
Also reaching double figures for the Cats included Kimberly Dietz, who provided 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting and shot 50 percent from 3-point land (3-of-6). She also grabbed six rebounds, including five on defense. Both sophomore Kari Kincaid and junior Marlies Gipson added 10 points for K-State, and the duo combined for eight boards and five assists. Gipson notched one block against Southern Utah, moving the McPherson, Kan., native into a tie for third with Brie Madden (2001-05) for career blocks in the school history books with 104.
K-State finished the game with 53.7 percent shooting, including 58 percent from the field in the second half alone. The Cats shot 36-for-67 and hit 40 percent of their shots from behind the arc going 8-of-20. The Thunderbirds were held to 28.3 percent shooting from the field, finishing 15-of-53.
The Wildcats ended with the advantage in all statistical categories, including outscoring the Thunderbirds 46-12 in the paint and also capturing 19 second chance points while holding Southern Utah to none. The Wildcats finished with 49 rebounds, 13 offensive and 36 defensive, and held Southern Utah to 24 on the evening.
Kansas State will face its first test on the road as the Wildcats face Wyoming on Thursday, Nov. 15th in a 7 p.m. engagement. The last meeting between the two resulted in a triple-overtime loss for the Wildcats in the WNIT Semifinals.