West Virginia surges past K-State Women

K-State's Ashlynn Knoll looks to pass the ball as teammate Katya Leick shouts instructions during the first half of Saturday's game against West Virginia (Photo by Erik Stone)

K-State’s Ashlynn Knoll looks to pass the ball as teammate Katya Leick shouts instructions during the first half of Saturday’s game against West Virginia (Photo by Erik Stone)

Christal Caldwell scored 21 points and three other players added 10 apiece as 13th-ranked West Virginia used a first half run to cruise past Kansas State 61-40 in Women’s Basketball action Saturday evening at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats took a 6-0 lead on the strength of three-point baskets by Leticia Romero and Katya Leick fin the game’s first two minutes but after that the Mountaineers forged head with a 15-2 run for a seven-point lead. After K-State cut the margin to 16-12 an 18-7 surge by West Virginia allowed the Mountaineers to enjoy a 34-19 halftime advantage.

In the second half, West Virginia’s lead stretched to 20 points and then it stayed there for a while as the teams went through a stretch of scoring a combined six points in nearly six minutes. The Mountaineers led by as many as 25 points before settling for the 19-point win and improving to 4-0 all-time against K-State. Ashlynn Knoll paced the Wildcats with 13 points while Kindred Wesemann added 11. It was a rough shooting night for K-State as they were held to just over 27 percent from the floor by West Virginia’s stingy defense.

Kansas State (10-16, 4-11) will next be in action for round two of the Sunflower Showdown Wednesday night in Lawrence against arch-rival Kansas. The Jayhawks won at Bramlage in the first meetinga between the two teams last month and own a three-game winning streak in the series. Tipoff at Allen Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.


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