DALLAS - Shalee Lehning scored 13 of her career-high 20 points in the first half and Kansas State roughed up Kansas for the second time in five days, moving on to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship with a 72-52 victory at Reunion Arena Tuesday night.
The victory was the fifth straight in an opening round game of the Big 12 tournament for Kansas State (19-9), which also picked up its 11th consecutive win over in-state rival Kansas, including taking all three meetings this year.
The Wildcats will face No. 2-seed Baylor (22-5) Baylor in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. The will be televised throughout the Big 12 region by Fox Sports Net Midwest.
The Wildcats also got 13 points from Claire Coggins, 12 from JoAnn Hamlin and 11 from Kimberly Dietz. Hamlin, who has not finished in double figures since the Wildcats' win at Baylor, connected on all six of her field goal attempts as K-State shot a scalding 52 percent from the field.
Kansas State looked as though it would run away with things in the early going. The Wildcats hit six of their first seven shots during the opening four minutes of the game and sprinted out to a quick 12-0 lead behind five points from Coggins and four from Hamlin.
But just a quickly as things heated up for the Cats, they cooled off. K-State went the next five minutes without a point, allowing the Jayhawks to reel of 10-staight to get back in the game.
Coggins and Lehning stopped the bleeding with back-to-back bombs from beyond the arc to put K-State back up by eight. But KU would not wilt and forged a 24-22 lead thanks to a pair of Mairja Zinic free throws with 5:05 to go in the half.
The Jayhawks advantage was short-lived; however, at the Wildcats scored 15 of the final 18 points of the half to take a 37-27 lead into the locker room at the break.
K-State continued to pour it on in the second half and took control of the game at the 13-minute mark, using an 18-2 run to forge a 66-42 lead with just over five minutes to play.
KU could get now closer than 18 the rest of the way as K-State notched its fifth 20-point win over the Jayhawks in the last 11 meetings.