But Amy Dutmer nearly stole the show.">
But Amy Dutmer nearly stole the show.">

Cats cruise over No. 11 Colorado, 79-53

On "Kendra Wecker Day," Wecker was the star attraction. <br><br> But Amy Dutmer nearly stole the show.

Wecker scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, pulling down 10 rebounds, and Dutmer scored a season-high 15, as No. 10 Kansas State steamrolled No. 11 Colorado, 79-53, Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

"It was really special to see her play so well on her day and in front of Marysville and her fans," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said of Wecker, who had more than 1,000 fans from her hometown who bussed to Manhattan for the game. "She just wanted to play well and show them how much she appreciated them."

Dutmer hit 6-of-7 shots, including 3-of-3 3-pointers in a performance that had Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius doing the "wave" with a near-capacity crowd. Wecker recorded her 32nd career double-double, and the fifth in six games against Top 25 opponents.

"They're disciplined," Colorado coach Ceal Barry said. "They don't make mistakes. Dutmer makes them even tougher. They read defense well. They're just not going to beat themselves. You can't count on them giving you a little edge here and there."

The Wildcats held the Big 12's second-leading scorer, Tera Bjorklund, to just 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Colorado shot just 33.3 percent from the field while Kansas State put away the Buffaloes in business-like fashion to win its fifth-straight in the series and 29th-straight regular-season home game. The Wildcats (17-3, 8-1 in Big 12) also jumped Colorado (18-3, 7-2) for second in the conference, one game back of Texas.

Kansas State never trailed in the game, as guard Laurie Koehn knocked down a 3-pointer less than a minute in and Kansas State thrived off six-straight Buffalo misses in building a 20-12 lead.

"I didn't think I had a good offensive plan," Barry said. "Their coach had a better plan than I did."

But Kansas State wasn't done, as Dutmer sparked another surge later in the half. The senior connected on all four of her first-half shots, including back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Wildcats a 26-16 lead with 10:15 remaining.

Colorado scored six unanswered points to close to within 10, but Kansas State went on yet another scoring spree. Wecker scored six of Kansas State's next eight points as the Wildcats built a 49-32 halftime lead.

Kansas State shot 59.4 percent in the first half, while Colorado hit on just 13-of-34 shots from the field. The much-anticipated post battle between the Big 12's top-two scorers, Ohlde and Bjorklund, was a stalemate. Both scored just six points.

If the first half didn't belong to Kansas State, the second half left no doubt. The Wildcats went on a 15-4 run to open the half before cruising to their fourth-straight win and 15th in the last 16 games.

Ohlde finished with 13 points and tied a career-high with eight assists, all while becoming the Wildcats‘ all-time leading rebounded with 926.

"You look at her, a moderately recruited player to an all-time leading scorer at Kansas State, one of the best to play the game and one of the best in the Big 12," Patterson said, "the foundation piece has been Nicole Ohlde. Then you have the power forward in Wecker, and it's been special for them to be able to play together the last few years."

Koehn scored 11 and Megan Mahoney scored six points, pulled down eight rebounds and had six assists.

Colorado was led by Bjoklund's 11 points and 10 rebounds. Randie Wirt and Veronica Johns-Rollins scored 10 each, but second-leading scorer Kate Fagan -- who had hit a 3-pointer in 22 consecutive games -- was shutout, finishing 0-of-3 from the field and trying just one 3-pointer.

" We had players open," Wirt said, "but when we did we just didn't hit the shot."

Kansas State had 22 assists in the game, turning the ball over only 15 times in a scrappy game. The Wildcats also had 12 steals and out-rebounded Colorado 40-35 to complete the domination.

"Tera's been tearing up the Big 12 and Ohlde did a great job on her," Wecker said. "We played man and didn't let their 3-point shooters get shots off. We were keeping our hands up and being active -- moving as a unit of five. We came in and defended the ball at our level today."

BOX SCORE Kansas State 79

Mahoney (2-5, 2-3) 6, Dutmer (6-7, 0-0) 15, Wecker (8-12, 6-6) 23, Ohlde (5-12, 3-5) 13, Koehn (4-7, 1-1) 11, Newsom (0-1, 0-0) 0, Coggins (1-1, 0-0) 3, McIntyre (1-2, 0-0) 3, Domenico (0-0, 0-0) 0, Smith (0-0, 0-0) 0, Murdock (0-3, 2-2) 2, Madden (0-3, 3-4) 3, McFarland (0-2, 0-0) 0

Colorado53

Johns-Richardson (4-10, 2-2) 10, Wirt (3-7, 4-4) 10, Bjorklund (5-11, 1-2) 11, Fagan (0-3, 0-0) 0, Billingsley (1-4, 1-2) 4, Metoyer (2-5, 0-0) 4, Waner (2-9, 0-0) 5, Nedovic (1-4, 0-2) 3, Ilic (0-5, 2-2) 2, Lini (0-0, 0-0) 0, Jones (2-5, 0-0) 4

Rebounds: KSU 40, CU 35 Assists: KSU 22, CU 9 Turnovers: KSU 15, Cu 15 Steals: KSU 12, CU 9

GAME NOTES
Kansas State has now won its last 29 regular-season games in Bramlage Coliseum dating to 2001.
Kendra Wecker became the second-fastest Wildcat to reach the 1,500 career point mark with two free throws in the first half. It took her 87 games, two more than teammate Nicole Ohlde.
Kansas State hit on 8-of-13 3-pointers for a season-high 61.5 percent.
Kansas State's win over Colorado was its third in the Cats' last four games against ranked teams, and are now 4-2 this season.
The crowd of 10,020 was the fourth-largest to witness a Kansas State game this season and third-biggest at home.
Kansas State beat Colorado 76-69 in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 10 in Boulder. Two of the Buffaloes' three losses have been at the hands of K-State.


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