Haley Texada scored 30 points, and three other Wildcats reached double figures, as the Wildcats easily disposed of the Akron Zips tonight in first-round WNIT action at Bramlage.
Texada was 8-11 from the field, including 4-7 from beyond the arc, and added 10 free throws to reach the 30 mark. It was the best offensive output from a K-State women's basketball player in just under two years, when Brittany Chambers scored 42 on Texas Southern.
K-State opened hot, scoring the first 10 points of the contest. The closest Akron got after that was six points, when Sina King sank a layup with 12:58 to go; Brianna Craig answered with a three, and with 10 minutes left in the first half Ashley Jones laid in the basket which put the Cats back up by 10. Akron never reduced the lead to single digits again, and trailed by 18 at the half. Midway through the second half, the Wildcats extended the lead to as much as 24 as they cruised to victory.
Breanna Lewis added 11 points, and both Ashia Woods and Craig had 10. Shaelyn Martin had 9 points, and led the Cats with 7 rebounds.
Akron was not without offense. Anita Brown scored 22 for the Zips, while King had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Plybon also scored 15.
The Wildcats advance to the second round, where on Sunday at 2pm CT they'll again welcome an opponent to Bramlage. That opponent?
Missouri, who took down Northern Iowa 69-61 in Cedar Falls. The Unholy Alliance is broken once again.