MANHATTAN, Kan. – With double figures from four Wildcat scorers, the Kansas State women’s basketball team opened its 2007-08 season with a 76-39 win over Washburn in exhibition play on Thursday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State lit up the court with 52-percent shooting after hitting 29 of 56 from the field. The Wildcats added four buckets from beyond the arc on 10 attempts. Senior Kimberly Dietz led all scorers with 14 points after shooting 50 percent on the night. Sophomore Ashley Sweat added 13, while Marlies Gipson had a dozen points as she went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field.
Freshman Jackie Stanley had an impressive debut after recording 11 points on 5-of-9 from the field.
The Wildcats showed a defensive spark after notching 23 rebounds on defense, while also grabbing 11 steals and five blocks. Gipson had a team-high eight rebounds, while junior Shalee Lehning took away a game-high five steals and dished a contest-high nine assists.
The Cats held the Lady Blues of Washburn to 29-percent shooting from the field with only 14 field goals. Janice Bright was the only member of the squad to register double-digits in points with 11, including nine points from 3-of-7 three-point shooting.
Washburn out-rebounded the Wildcats 38 to 32, as Amanda Holmes led the Lady Blues with nine (five offensive, four defensive).
Kansas State’s season gets its start on Nov. 10th, when the Wildcats host Washington in the opener from Bramlage Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. For complete coverage of the 2007-08 Wildcats, please visit www.kstatesports.com.