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K-State women defeat Italy All-Stars

By The Mercury

NERVIANO, Italy — Using a 12-0 run and lockdown defense to end the third quarter, the Kansas State women’s basketball team defeated the Italy All-Stars, 69-46, on Sunday in its first of three games during the 10-day European trip.

The Wildcats were paced by junior point guard Haley Texada’s 17 points. She added three rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Bri Craig tallied 16 points, including four 3-pointers, while also picking up five rebounds.

Playing under the international rules of FIBA, the Wildcats trailed just once in the game, as the Italy All-Stars captured a 19-18 lead early in the second quarter. K-State bounced back, as Texada scored nine of her 14 first-half points in the frame to push K-State in front at the half, 34-29.

After the All-Stars got within two at 38-36 with less than 5 minutes to play in the third quarter, K-State closed the stanza with a 12-0 surge to take a commanding 50-36 lead into the final period.

K-State used a balanced scoring effort in the third quarter, as five Wildcats scored — led by four points each from freshman forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Katya Leick.

Lewis, in her first career action as a Wildcat, finished with four points and nine rebounds. Leick, also seeing her first career action as a Wildcat after transferring from Nebraska in 2011 and suffering an ACL injury in 2012, notched eight points and eight rebounds.

In the final quarter, K-State would build its lead to 24 points at 64-40 with 4 minutes to play on Craig’s fourth 3-pointer of the game.

Redshirt freshman and former Riley County standout guard Kelly Thomson — also seeing her first action as a Wildcat following her 2012 ACL tear — led K-State in the fourth period with seven points. Thomson finished with nine points and five rebounds.

Freshman forward Erica Young added seven points and six rebouunds, while senior Chantay Caron scored four points and grabbed a pair of rebounds.

K-State was to play this afternoon, facing the Vicenza All-Stars in Vicenza, Italy.

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