MANHATTAN, Kan. - The 17th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats scored the first 16 points in the opening six minutes of the game and never looked back in defeating the New Hampshire Wildcats, 84-50, Friday night in the first round of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic at Bramlage Coliseum.
Kansas State shot 53.3 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from the three-point line, in winning its fourth game of the season. Senior Laurie Koehn led the way with 19 points, including five three-pointers, and four steals. She also pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists.
After the opening run, New Hampshire stayed with Kansas State for a while, matching the purple Wildcats basket-for-basket the rest of the first half. In the middle of the second half, Kansas State scored ten unanswered points to pull away from UNH for good.
Freshman Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford. N.Y.) led the blue Wildcats with nine points and a blocked shot in 28 minutes of action. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) each contributed seven points and two steals, with Edwards adding five rebounds and Clark dishing out four assists.
UNH's improved foul shooting continued, as the visitors from Durham hit 19-of-23 attempts from the charity stripe (82.6 percent) in front of 5,880 Kansas State fans. Kansas State (4-1) earned 30 assists while committing only ten turnovers, and outrebounded New Hampshire, 39-25.
New Hampshire (1-3) will face Tennessee State (3-2) in the consolation game of the tournament at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday. The Lady Tigers lost to Liberty (2-2), 74-38, in the first game of the first round on Friday.