Sophomore guard Christianna Carr’s strong performance gave the women’s basketball team an early advantage over Illinois-Chicago to secure an 84-40 victory.
In 22 minutes of play, Carr led the way with 20 points and 6 rebounds, shooting 54 percent for the Wildcats.
Redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee contributed an impressive double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, adding five blocks to her night.
“Going into this game, I think one big thing for me was staying out of foul trouble, which included, when they did drive, staying straight up, blocking shots … and not bringing my hands down,” Lee said.
Kansas State capitalized on many facets of the game, converting 24 points on 16 turnovers by the Flames. In addition to converting turnovers on the defensive side of the ball, the Wildcats grabbed an impressive 59 rebounds doubling UIC at 28.
“The best thing I liked all night was the glass work was pretty consistent,” head coach Jeff Mittie said.
K-State saw many shots fall through the nylon, shooting 64 percent from the field in the third quarter which really sealed the victory.
Although the Wildcats took over most of the game, UIC Flames junior guard Kiarra Thompson contributed 10 points, shooting a perfect 4-4 from the field. Thompson was responsible for a quarter of the points for the Flames.
The Wildcats start the season at 2-0, dominating their first two opponents. With double digit averages for Carr, Lee and Ranke the Wildcats will look to make some noise in the Bahamas in two weeks against Memphis.
Until then, the women’s team will be back in Bramlage Coliseum at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 against Oral Roberts.