8:00 PM ET, March 2, 2005
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Kendra Wecker scored 21 of her 26 points in the second half, leading Kansas State (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) to an 80-53 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night. Kansas State (21-6, 12-4 Big 12) overcame a sluggish start by shooting 59 percent in the second half and outscoring Missouri 57-28. The Wildcats beat Missouri for the ninth straight time and won their fourth straight overall. The Wildcats' seniors, Chelsea Domenico, Brie Madden, Megan Mahoney, Laurie Koehn, and Wecker, have a 101-25 record over the last four seasons, the best four-year stretch in Kansas State history. Koehn added 17 points, and Twiggy McIntyre scored 11 in a reserve role. Wecker also finished with 10 rebounds for her 50th career double-double. Christelle N'Garsanet scored 12 points to lead the Tigers (10-17, 4-12). LaToya Bond added 10 points as Missouri lost for the fourth time in five games and for the 15th straight time to a ranked opponent. After trailing 25-23 at the break, Kansas State blew the game open with a 29-6 outburst in the first 10 minutes of the second half, stretching the lead to 52-34. Missouri closed within 54-41 before Kansas State went on a 15-3 run.