K-State Too Much For Mizzou

MANHATTAN, Kan.-- Five days of preparation is a luxury when you're about to face a familiar conference opponent for the 70th time. The Kansas State Wildcats certainly used that factor to their advantage as they defeated the Missouri Tigers 81-66 in Bramlage Coliseum Saturday evening.

Four Wildcats, 14-2 and 2-1, scored in double figures to help snap a two-game losing streak to Mizzou.

Marlies Gipson led K-State with 18 points. The McPherson, Kan., native also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists.

"She (Gipson) was doing everything from all aspects of the game," said guard Shalee Lehning, who had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

"She was boarding and she was scoring and she was even bringing the ball down like a point guard."

Yes, in the second half the 6-0 sophomore forward drove about 60-feet through the defensive press and right to the basket for an easy lay-up.

"When I saw her struggling in the backcourt and be then able to respond with great composure and then an attack mentality, it reminded me so much of Nicole Ohlde," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said.

Gipson's lay-up counted for two of the 16 fast break points given up by the Tigers, 13-4, 1-3, who were out-rebounded 37-33.

"Our top game goal was to stop their transition," Missouri coach Cindy Stein said. "We knew they like to do that and it was an emphasis for the last few days. It was a lot of not getting it done."

K-State led 32-29 at intermission, but with the game tied at 38 the Cats were able to stretch their lead to 11 on a 16-7 run over eight and a half minutes.

Wildcat transfer Tiffany Brooks led all scorers with 26 points on nine-of-19 shooting. She went to the bench after landing awkwardly with two minutes left in the game.

Center EeTisha Riddle, who scored a career-high 31 points on Wednesday against Texas, was limited to just 13 against K-State.

"It was very important that we try to take away their strength and I feel like we did that to a pretty high level against Riddle," Patterson said.

"I'm very pleased with our post defenders for taking on that assignment at the level that they did."

Senior guard Claire Coggins had another solid shooting night with 16 points on five-of-seven from the field, including three-for-three from beyond the arc. Kimberly Dietz added 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Wildcats.

Kansas State travels north to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. The Cats are 11-18 in the Bob Devaney Center.

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