The K-State women’s basketball team finished off its nonconference schedule Saturday afternoon as they defeated Central Arkansas 81-38 and protected its perfect record heading into conference play.
The Wildcats (13-0) were lead by the performance of Ashley Sweat, who scored a team-high 15 points. Marlies Gipson added 14 points and three blocks on the defensive end.
With the dominating performance, head coach Deb Patterson had to opportunity to give every member on the roster more than 10 minutes on the floor.
“I think this last game before conference play was a real positive one to have the opportunity to play deep into our roster and some time after competing on the road at Washington State and Washington.” Patterson said
The Wildcats are in the midst of their best start to a season in the program’s history, having won the first 13 games of the season heading into the conference portion of the schedule.
“We are very excited because this is something for us to build off of, but at the same time we cannot put to much thought into it because it is in the past and now we are heading into the Big 12.” Senior guard Shalee Lehning said.
Following a perfect nonconference schedule start, the Wildcats will begin their Big 12 play with a Jan. 10 matchup against in-state rival Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats will have a week to prepare for the Jayhawks and the change in intensity that conference play provides.
“I think more than anything the week we have is important because it prepares us for Big 12 basketball and it gives us a window to continue to get better,” Patterson said. “I look at this week as another week that we get show up to the gym and get more reps for our starters and our players that are contributing well of the bench. Mentally and physically I feel we will get a couple extra days of fundamental work.”
Tip-off for the KU game is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on 1350 KMAN.