WILDCATS WIN SIX STRAIGHT

MANHATTAN, Kan.-- The Kansas State Wildcats were happy to hit the hardwood Friday night because they were tired of hitting the books.

Marlies Gipson recorded game highs with 18-points and nine rebounds, and Danielle Zanotti scored a career-high 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting to help the Wildcats hold off Santa Clara 76-52 in Bramlage Coliseum.

Zanotti opened the contest with a 3-pointer and her teammates quickly followed suit as the Wildcats hit nine of their first ten shots from the field.

"It was a great feeling because we really wanted to come out," Zanotti said. "We've had a long week of practice and finals and it was game time."

The Wildcats (9-1) rejected 12 shots against the Broncos and were just one block shy of tying a school record set in November against Wyoming.

Junior forward Shana Wheeler registered five blocks and moved into sixth place on the K-State career list passing former Wildcat Kendra Wecker (71). The Lee's Summit, Mo., native also added eight points and eight rebounds.

One of Wheeler's got the attention of Santa Clara, her teammates and the 4,734 fans in attendance as it sailed into press row.

"I just got tired of them scoring down low and I kind of wanted to make a point," Wheeler said.

The block not only sent a message to the Broncos to think twice before shooting, but it created a new competition between teammates.

"It was amazing; I jumped five feet off the bench," said Gipson, who recorded three blocks. "Shana challenged me. Now I gotta get a better one than that one."

Senior forward Ashley Gonnerman led Santa Clara (6-5) with 13 points. The Broncos shot just 32.8-percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times.

K-State led by ten at halftime and were able to stretch the lead to 24 in the second half.

Coach Michelle Bento-Jackson said the Wildcats' frontcourt bothered her team on both ends of the floor.

"As much as they (K-State) may not have true centers, they are factors in the game with their athleticism, their length and by staying very active," Bento-Jackson said.

Kansas State out-rebounded the Broncos 45-32 and dished out 22 assists.

"Our players worked hard through this week, finals week, and showed a great deal of character day in and day out," K-State coach Deb Patterson said.

Point guard Shalee Lehning, who seems poised to record a triple-double nearly every contest, posted another solid stat line with nine points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Senior guard Claire Coggins added 13 points.

The Wildcats have a quick turnaround and face Weber State Sunday night at 6:30 in a double-header with the K-State men.


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