Dec. 14, 2008

Manhattan, KS - A 15-5 run by the Mavericks brought them within three points with 11:56 left in the second half against No. 18 Kansas State. That was the closest UTA would get as they dropped a hard- fought 73-63 decision at the Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS on Sunday.

UTA fell to 3-5 on the season while Kansas State remained a perfect 9-0 on the season.

Tamara Simmons led the Mavs with a career-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from the charity stripe and dished out three assists in 40 minutes of action.

UTA jumped out to a five point lead at the 10:17 mark following a made free throw by Megan Nelson, making the score 15-10. Several buckets by the Wildcats and a pair of free throws put Kansas State on top by six. The Mavs came within two points after a fast break layup by Kiarra Shofner with 4:28 remaining in the first half, to make the score 23-21.

The Mavericks finished the first half shooting 33.3 percent to the Wildcats 40.6 percent and headed into the locker rooms down 34-25.

Kansas State opened the second half on a quick 8-0 run extending their lead to 17 points but UTA fired back with a run of their own cutting into the Wildcats 48-44 lead with 12:29 left in the game. The Wildcats dominated the rest of the game as they remained undefeated in the 2008-09 campaign.

For the game, UTA shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the floor to K-State's 43.3 percent (29-of-67) from the field. The Mavericks were outrebounded by the Wildcats by a 41-31 margin and K-State had 19 dimes to UTA's nine.

Four Wildcats finished in double figures, including Shalee Lehning who recorded 21 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Ashley Sweat chipped in with 14 points.

Up next for the Mavericks is a match-up against Conference USA foe-Memphis at the Sunsplash Bahamas Tournament on Thursday, December 18 with game time set for 7 p.m.




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