Wildcats' star new Big 12 scoring leader

Updated: March 10, 2005, 12:03 AM ET
Associated Press

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 semifinal game.

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.

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