- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Ashley Sweat scored 19 points to lead No. 22 Kansas State past Colorado 68-51 Thursday in the first round of Big 12 Conference tournament.

Marlies Gipson added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for her fifth double-double of the season for Kansas State (24-6), which won its first Big 12 tournament game since 2006.

The Wildcats advanced to face No. 10 Texas A&M; on Friday in the quarterfinals in an early tournament matchup of ranked foes.

Brittany Spears led Colorado (11-18) with 23 points and Kara Richards added 22, but they were the Buffaloes’ only viable offensive threats. Only three other players scored as the Buffs lost their sixth straight game.

Colorado has won only one Big 12 tournament game since 2004.

It was Kansas State’s second win over Colorado in less than a week, completing a three-game season sweep of the Buffaloes.

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