Wecker Lifts K-State Women Past Texas

Kendra Wecker

Jan. 25, 2003

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kendra Wecker scored 17 of her game-high 27 points in the first half to lift No. 3 Kansas State to a 71-69 victory over No. 18 Texas in a Big 12 Conference women's basketball game played Saturday before a sellout crowd of 13,340 at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats, who won their 13th straight game overall and their 16th straight at Bramlage, improved to 18-1 overall and took over first place in the league with a 5-0 record. Texas fell to12-5 and 5-1 in the Big 12.

Wecker also finished with 11 rebounds for K-State, notching her sixth double-double of the season. Nicole Ohlde added 19 points for K-State, Laurie Koehn scored 11 points and Megan Mahoney finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

Stacy Stephens led the Longhorns with 17 points, with Heather Schreiber hitting a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Jamie Carey had 14 points off the bench for Texas, with Kala Bowers chipping in 13 points and eight rebounds.

There were five ties and 10 lead changes in a tight first half that ended with Texas leading 34-33. The largest lead by either team before halftime was by Texas, when the Longhorns went ahead 30-25 with 2:35 left. Wecker had 17 of the Wildcats' 33 first-half points, as the 'Cats managed just 42 percent from the floor.

Texas again led by five, at 46-41, with 14:30 left in the game when K-State used a 11-2 run over the next four minutes to take the lead. Texas managed to gain a 61-57 edge with 5:15 left when the Wildcats made their final run.

A 11-0 rally pushed Kansas State ahead 68-61 with 1:54 to play, as four different Wildcats scored in the run. Texas came back on a three-pointer by Carey with 1:35 left, and the Longhorns were within 68-66 with 45 seconds left on a layup by Stephens.

Ohlde pushed the lead back to four with 16 seconds left when she hit a pair of free throws. After being fouled on a three-point attempt at the other end, Carey hit three foul shots to bring Texas within 70-69 with 3.4 seconds remaining. Mahoney was then fouled with 3.1 seconds to play and hit the second of two free throws.

The Longhorns pushed the ball up court quickly, but their attempt at a baseline drive was after the buzzer sounded.

K-State held Texas to 40 percent shooting from the floor in the game and held a 39-37 edge in rebounds. The Wildcats finished with a 46 percent shooting mark from the field.Kansas State travels to Iowa State in its next game on Jan. 29. K-State's next home game is on Feb. 5 against Missouri.