Kansas State Uses Second Half to Blow Past the Otahkians 78-42
Dec. 30, 2003
San Antonio, Tex. - Southeast (4-6) put up an amazing effort, but struggled to make shot for the fourth straight game as the squad moves to1-5 on the road. Kansas State's backcourt overpowered the Otahkians in the paint as KSU (8-2) rolled past Southeast 78-42 in the UTSA Classic.
The Wildcats took the early lead as they got off to a 6-0 lead before the Otahkians answered back. It was Kenja White who put Southeast on the board first, putting the moves past her defender for the lay-up, making it 6-2 KSU. The Wildcats increased their lead to eight, but senior Sarah Costello took a beautiful full court bring-up directly to the hoop and drew foul, narrowing it to five with the basket and one.
The Wildcats then increased their lead to nine, when forward Chandra Brown made a spectacular move under the glass, making the bucket and drawing the foul, as she was triple-teamed. At the line she drained the extra point to cut the lead down to six. The Otahkians continued to play tremendous defense and brought the Wildcats back to within five, 24-19, with a Costello 3-pointer and 2-pointer.
But KSU used an eight-point unanswered run to capture their largest lead of the half with 3:04 to go, 13 points, 32-19. Southeast found their momentum again scoring eight of the last thirteen points in the half. The Otahkians went to the lockers trailing the Wildcats 37-28.
Costello, who didn't practice yesterday due to sickness, took charge for Southeast early as she racked up ten points, three boards, and two assists in the half. White also had a good first half showing with six points.
KSU out shot the Otahkians early on as they shot 45.5 percent from the field compared to Southeast's 30.3 percent. The Otahkians were stellar from the line making 6-of-6 from a perfect 100 percent in the half.
Southeast couldn't find their groove in the second as the team only scored 14 points. The Wildcats added to their lead early in the second with two, 2-point buckets. White knocked the lead back down to nine with a trey, but that was as close as it would get in the second. KSU used an 11-point run to break open the game, 68-40.
Southeast's outside defense shutdown the Wildcats from downtown as they were 0-for-14. The Otahkian defense ended KSU's three-point streak, as they had made at least one three-pointer for 199 consecutive games. The last time the squad was shut down was on Feb. 26, 1997 against Missouri. This marks the second time this season that Southeast has shut down a nationally ranked team from three-point land. The Otahkians squad shut down No. 23 Utah in their season opener.
The squad struggled offensively during the second half as they shot 5-for-31 from the field, just 16.1 percent. But the Wildcats continued their outstanding shooting as they shot another 45.5 percent from the field, to close the evening shooting 45.5 percent. Southeast was beat under the basket as the Wildcats made 54 of their 78 points in the paint. The Wildcats also crashed the boards hard as they out rebounded the Otahkians 59-32 on the night.
Leading the way for the Otahkians was White with twelve points, while Costello finished the game with ten points. KSU's Nicole Ohlde led all scorers with the game-high 17 points, while teammate Kendra Wecker followed closely behind with 16 points. Wecker also brought down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Otahkians will now close out non-conference competition against Alcorn State tomorrow, Dec. 31, in their final game of the UTSA Classic. Then the squad will return home to open OVC play against Austin Peay on January 8. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. at the Show Me Center.