DALLAS (AP) - Breanna Lewis scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Kent State to a 57-49 win over ninth-seeded Kansas in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference tournament Friday night.
Haley Texada contributed 17 points, including two 3-pointers, and Kindred Wesemann added 13 points for Kansas State (18-12), which opened with a 14-3 run and carried a 23-12 advantage into the break.
Kansas (15-17) chipped away at the deficit in the second half and briefly edged into the lead with Lauren Aldridge’s 3-pointer that made it 46-44 with 4:29 left. Lewis sank a pair of free throws to tie it up, then Wesemann’s layup put Kansas State back on top for good and the Wildcats pulled away down the stretch.
Chelsea Gardner led Kansas with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Terriell Bradley added 13 points and Aldridge scored 12.
Kansas State plays top-seeded Baylor on Saturday.
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