Wildcats win Sunflower Showdown

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Junior forward Breanna Lewis reaches for a rebound over Kansas guard Kylee Kopatich in the fourth quarter of the Wildcats' 59-46 victory over the Jayhawks January 20, 2016, in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Lewis led the 'Cats with 23 points and 13 rebounds. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

As fictional MLB manager Lou Brown said in the movie Major League, “…that’s called a winning streak. It HAS happened before.”

Well winning streaks have happened before for the K-State women’s basketball team. And a 3-game winning streak was born once again on Wednesday night as the Wildcats defeated their in-state rival Kansas Jayhawks, 59-46 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

K-State jumped on the Jayhawks right from the tip-off. The Wildcats used 6 points from junior center Breanna Lewis to start the game up 6-0. The Jayhawks just a mere 2 points in the first quarter thanks to a layup from freshman forward, Tyler Johnson. K-State scored 5 points after that shot and took an 11-2 lead after one quarter.

The Jayhawks came alive however in the second quarter and cut the Wildcat lead to 20-11 with 3:08 to play in the half. But K-State responded with a 9-3 run of their own and led Kansas, 27-13 at halftime.

Lewis scored 8 points for the Wildcats in the first half, which co-led the team. But it was in the second half where she really left her mark on the game. Lewis finished the game leading the Wildcats with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

The two teams tied 16-16 in the third quarter. Lewis and sophomore guard Shaelyn Martin were the pillars for the Wildcats in the third quarter. The two combined to score all of the 16 points scored by K-State in the quarter, extending the lead to 43-29 after three.

In the fourth and final quarter, the Jayhawks once again would push the Wildcats and looked as if they would once again make it a close game. But K-State would fire off a 10-2 run which helped them gain a 20 point lead, their highest of the game. The run was enough to put away the Jayhawks for good and the Wildcats left Lawrence with another victory.

The Wildcats have won three games in-a-row and will look to extend their winning streak even further. K-State, 13-5 and 3-4 in the Big 12, will travel to Lubbock, Texas on Sunday to take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders, 10-8 and 1-6 in the Big 12, at 2:00 PM.

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