Wildcat Women Upset Texas A & M

Kansas State 67, (13) Texas A&M 54

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer
January 9, 2008

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Kimberly Dietz scored 20 points to lead unranked Kansas State to a 67-54 upset over No. 13 Texas A&M in the Big 12 opener for both teams Wednesday night.

It is the second consecutive time the unranked Wildcats have upset a ranked A&M team. They beat then-No. 17 Texas A&M 48-45 in the last meeting a little more than a year ago.

That game was the last time the Wildcats had defeated a ranked team. Kansas State, which has won four straight overall, has won eight of the past nine meetings with Texas A&M (12-3, 0-1 Big 12).

Kansas State (9-5, 1-0) led by nine at halftime, but had a sluggish start to the second half with eight turnovers and no points in the first 4:58 and trailed by three points.

The Wildcats' first points of the half came on a jump shot by Shalee Lehning with 15:02 remaining that cut A&M's lead to 41-40. Kansas State regained the lead on a basket by Dietz with about 12 minutes left that made it 45-44 and the Wildcats wouldn't trail again.

Kansas State outscored A&M 10-2 over the next 4 minutes to stretch its lead to 55-46.

The Aggies used strong defense to harass the Wildcats into mistakes and scored the first 12 points of the second half to take a 41-38 lead.

Texas A&M was led by Takia Starks with 17 points and Danielle Gant added 14.

Starks brought the crowd to its feet when she stole the ball and was knocked to the court in the process, but continued to dribble while down. She got up while continuing her dribble and made her way down the court where she found Morenike Atunrase for the layup early in the second half.

Ashley Sweat added 14 points for Kansas State and Marlies Gipson had 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

The Aggies led by two early in the first half before the Wildcats scored 12 straight points, fueled by five points by Gipson, to take a 17-7 lead 12 minutes before halftime.

Kansas State was ahead 27-15 before the Aggies went on a 14-2 run led by eight straight points by Starks to tie it at 29-all about 2 minutes before halftime.

Starks made one 3-pointer before sinking another just a few seconds later after a steal by Gant. Starks' jumper on the next possession, that was just short of the 3-point line, finished her scoring spurt.

Just seconds after the Aggies tied it up, Kansas State's Sweat made a 3-pointer to put the Wildcats back ahead. Kansas State scored the final six points of the half to lead 38-29 at halftime.


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