KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kendra Wecker scored 19 points and
became the Big 12's career scoring leader, lifting No. 17 Kansas
State to a 71-45 victory over Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the
Big 12 tournament Wednesday night.
Wecker broke former teammate Nicole Ohlde's record on a 12-foot
jump shot that gave Kansas State a 47-25 lead with 14:07 to go in
the game. She now has 2,248 career points.
The third-seeded Wildcats will play No. 2 seed Texas in
Thursday's semifinal round. Baylor faces Texas Tech in the other
Twiggy McIntyre added 10 points for the Wildcats, who shot 52
percent from the field.
Elena Diaz scored 15 points to lead the Huskers (17-13), who
lost five of their last six games. Kiera Hardy added eight points
but shot just 3-for-14 from the field field.
Leading 9-8 5 minutes into the game, Kansas State went on a 24-4
run over the next 10 minutes, building a 33-12 lead with 5:25 to go
in the first half. Five different players scored during the spurt,
which Laurie Koehn started on a fastbreak layup and Wecker finished
with a mid-range jumper.
The Wildcats led by as many as 30, at 63-33, in the second half
before coach Deb Patterson went to her bench to rest her starters
late in the game.
Diaz was 7-for-13 from the field, but the rest of the Huskers
combined to go just 10-for-49. Nebraska was also 2-for-12 from
beyond the 3-point arc and got out-rebounded 43-32.