MANHATTAN — The Kansas State women extended their season with a 75-61 victory over Saint Louis in the opening round of the Women’s NIT on Thursday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats never trailed in their postseason opener, taking the lead for good on the final play of the opening quarter and never allowing Saint Louis to pull even over the final three quarters.

With the win, K-State (17-15) advances to the WNIT’s second round and will face Utah, a 78-68 winner over UNLV. The Wildcats will again host the second-round contest at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bramlage.

The Wildcats led 38-32 at halftime but used a 15-6 run over the first five minutes of the third quarter to stretch their lead to 15 points. The Billikens were never closer than eight points in the fourth quarter.

Kansas State senior Shaelyn Martin, who missed the Wildcats final game in the Big 12 Tournament earlier this month due to injury, had a big game in her return. Martin finished with eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 32 minutes.

Peyton Williams led K-State with 21 points and eight rebounds, with Kayla Goth adding 19 points and six assists. Rachel Ranke also had a double-double for the Wildcats with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Kansas State finished with a 42-28 rebounding advantage and had 16 second-chance points.