Kansas State Runs Away From Buffs 85-66
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Colorado caught Kansas State on the wrong day.
The Wildcats were sorely in need of some home cooking after returning from two road losses where they shot just 32.7 percent and were outscored 134-81. Earlier in the day the KSU men's team beat arch rival Kansas for the first time in 31 games with a four-point win at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
A big day in the Sunflower State gave Kansas State all the fuel it needed.
The Wildcats scored 56 first half points to run away with an 85-66 Big 12 win over Colorado Saturday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Buffaloes drop their 10th straight on the road and fall to 6-10 overall, 1-3 in the Big 12. KSU improves to 12-3 overall, 2-2 in league play.
Kansas State shot a red-hot 68 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes putting up the second-most first half points allowed by a CU team. KSU Junior Twiggy McIntyre scored 15 of her game high 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first 20 minutes as the Wildcats led 56-27 at halftime.
Colorado kept the pace early leading 14-10 five minutes into the game and was up 21-20 at the 10:54 mark of the first half. Kansas State then exploded, scoring the next 17 points over the next 5:40 to take a 37-21 lead. Kansas State's field goal percentage was as high as 71.4 at one point in the first half as the Wildcats hit 15 of their first 21 shots.
KSU cooled in the second half but still finished at 50 percent for the contest. Colorado outscored Kansas State by 10 in the second half, but the margin was too much to overcome.
Colorado sophomore Jackie McFarland registered her ninth double-double of the season finishing with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior Jasmina Ilic led the way on the scoreboard with 14 points.
CU led the battle of the boards 35-55, but committed 25 turnovers which helped contribute to 25 fast break points for the Wildcats.
Colorado will travel to play Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. MST at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.