It was a slow and disjointed start.
After the first quarter, K-State's women trailed Abilene Christian 18-17, and had gone cold from the floor. But Megan Deines exploded in the second quarter, ripping off a personal 8-0 run in the center of a 12-0 K-State run, and the Wildcats were off to the races in an eventual 76-45 rout of the visiting Other Purple Wildcats. K-State outscored ACU 59-27 in the final three quarters.
Deines ended the first half with 18, and only added another pair in the second half. She also added a team-high three steals. Breanna Lewis contributed 19 points, 5 boards, and 5 blocks. Kaylee Page, who erupted for 21 Friday night at Tulsa, only contributed a single three-pointer to the scoresheet -- but had 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Nobody else was in double figures, but of the 12 Wildcats who saw action only Kayla Goth failed to find the bucket. The fourth quarter was pretty much all backups. Freshman Anna Hammaker made her first appearance, hitting a three; Erica Young had 6 and Nini Taylor had 4 in a combined 21 minutes.
The competition wasn't particularly telling, so there's really not a lot to take away from this one. The Wildcats are ball-hawks; they'll create havoc on defense and they shoot fairly well (49% from the floor overall, a crazy 59% from beyond the arc). Rebounding will be an issue, and with UConn looming in a week optimism could come crashing down. But what tonight showed is that this is a team with three legitimate scoring threats and a very, very deep bench (relatively speaking). This could be a fun season.