ASU Downed By No. 7 Kansas St.
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) - Laurie Koehn scored 18 points, and No. 7 KansasState held Arizona State to 28.6 percent from the floor Friday night in a 59-50victory at the Junkanoo Shootout.
With starting center Nicole Ohlde on the bench from midway through the firsthalf with a right ankle injury, Kendra Wecker and Shanda Murdoch stepped up andcarried the load for Kansas State (2-1).
Wecker had 12 points and five rebounds, and Murdoch added 11 rebounds andseven points.
Kylan Loney scored 13 and Betsy Boardman 10 for the Sun Devils (2-1).
The Wildcats played stifling defense for 40 minutes, not allowing the SunDevils to get out on the break, clogging up the interior and contesting everyjump shot from the perimeter.
It took a while, but Kansas State finally found its offense midway throughthe second half and broke open a close game behind the 3-point shooting ofKoehn and Claire Coggins, who had 7 points.
The Wildcats led by as many as 23 points in the second half, then held ondown the stretch.
The Sun Devils never got into an offensive rhythm. They couldn't getanything going inside and were forced to take contested jump shots with theshot clock running down.
Even without much of an offense, Arizona State still did a good job ofhanging around for 30 minutes. But the lack of scoring took its toll late.
Kansas State was able to take a 28-16 lead by closing the first half with a12-6 run. The Wildcats will play Penn State on Saturday. Kansas State beat PennState 88-66 last year in the Preseason NIT final.
The Wildcats will have to do a much better job in controlling theirdefensive boards and scoring in the half-court set because Penn State many moreoffensive weapons than Arizona State.