Kansas is the only remaining Big 12 team to have not played its first-round NIT game yet. The Jayhawks will host Western Kentucky on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
Kansas State (18-16) rolled past Wichita State, 90-56, in a game the Wildcats led by 39 points after three quarters. Wichita State (18-15) shot less than 30 percent for the game and had 15 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Wildcats shot 50 percent or better for most of the game and cruised to the victory.
Jaelyn Glenn had a double-double — 13 points and 11 rebounds. Serena Sundell led the Wildcats with 16 points and seven assists, while Brylee Glenn scored 15 points and Gabby Gregory dropped in 13 points. The Wildcats were able to sit their starters for a good portion of the second half.
Kansas State will play either Texas A&M-Corpus Christi or Wyoming in the second round.
Texas Tech (19-14) had a closer game with UTEP, but ended up winning, 67-54. The Lady Raiders had a 25-13 lead after the first quarter and maintained that lead the rest of the game.
Freshman guard Bailey Maupin led the way for Texas Tech with 19 points off the bench, including a trio of 3-pointers. Bre’Amber Scott scored 13 points and Rhyle McKinney added 11 points as Texas Tech won its first postseason game of any kind since 2012, which also came in the WNIT.
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