There was purple-Wildcat-on-purple-Wildcat violence at Bramlage Coliseum Tuesday night, as the Kansas State women’s basketball team pounded Abilene Christian, 93-53, to start off a weeklong, three-game homestand.
K-State came out on fire and stayed hot throughout the first quarter, shooting 61.9% from the field and 50% from 3.
After Abilene Christian took an early 3-2 lead, the home Wildcats went on a 27-0 run over seven minutes in the first quarter to take a commanding 29-3 advantage.
"We were a little flat in warm-ups so I was concerned about that and the staff was concerned about that," K-State head coach Jeff Mittie said. So I did not expect the start, but I do think our group addressed it and knew we needed to raise their enthusiasm and their effort. They obviously went out and played well. I thought they had a good read defensively. I thought they really understood what Abilene Christian was trying to run. Obviously, their attention to detail and scout was pretty good. Coaches did a pretty good job with that."
Abilene Christian came out in a zone defense, and K-State took full advantage, hitting five 3s in that span, led by freshman point guard Serena Sundell, who nailed four of them.
After scoring a career-high 21 points versus No. 5 North Carolina State last week, Sundell turned in another career performance, scoring 25 points — a game high — on 9-of-11 shooting, including a 5-for-7 mark beyond the arc.
"I think I just wanted to be more shot ready," Sundell said. "That was kind of my mindset, being ready to shoot it and shooting it confidently. I think there was a little bit in my head going on, but I found it again and I give credit to my teammates for just making the right read. Obviously, people are helping a lot inside so we have open three-pointers so I just have to be ready catch and shoot."
Sundell also had five rebounds, two assists, a block and three steals in the win.
Joining Sundell in double-figures was fellow freshman Jaelyn Glenn, who had 13 points — a personal best — and junior center Ayoka Lee, who turned in a quiet double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. It was Lee’s fourth straight double-double and 33rd in her career which tied her with Peyton Williams for third in school history.
Senior forward Laura Macke and sophomore guard Rebekah Dallinger barely missed out on double-figures, scoring nine apiece.
K-State (5-1) led 47-16 heading at the half.
Abilene Christian (3-1) opened the third quarter with back-to-back buckets, but K-State fired right back, scoring 16 straight, powered by multiple turnovers from its zone defense look.
The home Wildcats forced 17 Abilene Christian turnovers; K-State scored 23 points off those giveaways in the win.
K-State extended its lead to as many as 43 points midway through the third quarter, and cruised through the final period.
K-State will host Northwestern State (3-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday before wrapping up its homestand versus North Dakota State on Monday.