The Kansas State Women’s Basketball team started fast and ran to their sixth straight win over rival Kansas in Wednesday’s Sunflower Showdown 73-60.
Once again rebounding and a standout effort from players off the bench made a difference.
Breanna Lewis led the effort on the boards. The Naismith Trophy candidate had 15 points and 10 rebounds. She recorded her 17th career double-double and her fifth this season.
The Wildcats raced out to a 16-0 lead, as Lewis dominated the glass with seven offensive rebounds in the first five minutes. She also scored seven points during that stretch. The ‘Cats had a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
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Lewis led the way for the Wildcats in the opening half, scoring nine points and setting a team season-high with eight offensive rebounds.
Kansas State opened the second half on a 12-0 run behind three consecutive layups and extended their lead to 47-30 with 4:46 to go in the third quarter.
The Wildcats had the edge on the boards for the 13th time this season, 41-31, and outscored the Jayhawks 38-20 in the paint.
The Wildcats pushed their lead to 25 two separate times early in the fourth quarter and toyed with the Jayhawks the rest of the way. K-State made free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
K-State shot 42.6 percent (26-of-61) from the field.
K-State improved to 9-1 at home this season and secured the 28th win in the last 34 games over the Jayhawks including a 6-0 mark in the Jeff Mittie era.
K-State returns to the road this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to face Oklahoma State on Saturday.