K-State women spoil Kilbert’s debut

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Nate Kilbert’s first game as Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s women’s basketball coach didn’t go so well.

Five Kansas State players scored in double figures Sunday in an 89-55 win over UAPB, which shot 1 for 11 from three-point range.

Chi Chi Okwumabua scored 14 points and brought down five rebounds to lead UAPB. Jenise Gentry was the Lady Lions’ only other double-digit scorer with 12 points.

The Lady Lions connected on 16 of 40 shots from the field for 40 percent, but Kansas State (2-0) had clear advantages in fast-break (17-2) and bench points (45-11). The Wildcats hit 33 of 70 (47.1 percent) from the field, including 14 of 35 three-point attempts (40 percent).

UAPB was saddled with 23 turnovers, and Kansas State scored 29 points off them.

Brittany Chambers led the Wildcats with 15 points.

The Lady Lions return to action Thursday when they host Philander Smith of the NAIA. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.