Wednesday, November 25, 2015

K-State women complete Italy tour unbeaten

LATINA, Italy — The Kansas State women’s basketball team concluded the competition part of its trip through Italy undefeated on Saturday night with an 84-27 win over ASD Bull Basket.

Following a final day of sightseeing in Rome, the Wildcats will return home Monday morning.

K-State was led by the interior duo of senior Katya Leick and freshman Breanna Lewis, as the tandem combined for 30 points and 21 rebounds.

Leick notched her second double-double of the trip with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-foot-1 forward from Grey Cloud Township, Minn., averaged a team-high 17 points and 14.3 rebounds in the three games in Italy — her first competitive basketball in two years. Leick transferred to K-State from Nebraska following the 2010-11 season and had to sit out due to transfer rules. Then last season, the senior suffered an ACL injury during camp and had to miss the entire season.

Lewis, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., carded her first double-double of the trip with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-5 forward averaged 7.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games.

K-State took control of the game late in the first quarter, as Chantay Caron and Bri Craig sparked a 40-12 run to close out the opening half. Caron stepped into an ASD Bull Basket passing lane and drove the length of the floor with 5:51 to play to give K-State a 6-5 lead that they would never relinquish.

On the ensuing possession for ASD Bull Basket, Craig copied Caron’s defensive effort by swiping a pass and driving in for an uncontested layup to force an ASD Bull Basket timeout. Craig finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and a team-high six assists. For the trip, the sophomore from Lincoln, Neb., averaged 13 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while also making a team-high nine 3-pointers.

The Wildcats continued to pour on the defensive pressure, holding ASD Bull Basket to single digits in points for all four quarters, including a low of just three points in the final quarter of action on Saturday. K-State concluded the trip with eight quarters of nine or fewer points allowed including a streak of seven straight to end the tour.

Haley Texada added 11 points, while Heidi Brown, Jai Murphy, Kelly Thomson and Caron all finished with six points apiece. Freshman Jessica Sheble scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds.


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