Kansas St. 66, UTEP 58

For The Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Shalee Lehning had 11 points and 13 rebounds to help Kansas State overcome a sluggish start in the second half and beat UTEP 66-58 in the championship game of the Wildcat Classic Saturday.

Kansas State, which won the tournament for the 10th time in 13 years, led 40-29 at halftime but went scoreless for nearly nine minutes after the break. In their first 15 possessions of the second half, the Wildcats (4-3) had 10 turnovers and missed nine straight shots.

During that stretch, the Miners (4-2) went on a 16-0 run to take a 45-40 lead when Jareica Hughes made a fast-break layup.

Ashley Sweat finally ended Kansas State's scoring drought when she converted a three-point play with 11:04 remaining. Sweat scored 17 points and Kimberly Dietz added 14 for the Wildcats, who won their 200th game in Bramlage Coliseum.

Natasha Lacy had 18 points and Hughes scored 17 for the Miners, who hit only three field goals in the final 10 minutes.

Lehning, who also had 12 assists in a semifinal victory over Lipscomb, was named tournament's most valuable player. Sweat, Dietz, Lacy and Hughes were the other four members of the all-tournament team.