Wildcats Fall in Double-Overtime Thriller

Haley Texada tallied 21 points against KU on Saturday afternoon.

Feb. 2, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Down to seven healthy players and out-sized by the Kansas frontline, K-State battled with their in-state rivals in an exciting double-overtime loss, 89-80, on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. For the second time this season, K-State had five players reach double digits in scoring in a tight game that had 24 lead changes and 19 ties.

Kansas State (12-9, 3-6 Big 12) was paced by sophomore guard Haley Texada with 21 points, just one shy of her career-high. Mariah White had her best game of the season with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to post her second career double-double and first this season.

Brittany Chambers and Bri Craig each added 14 points as Chambers failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time since facing Princeton in the NCAA Tournament last season. Chambers carded her fourth double-double this season and 11th of her career with 11 rebounds. Chantay Caron put 11 points on the board and pulled down seven rebounds.

Rebounding played a key role in the Wildcats hanging in the game against a taller Kansas team. K-State tied KU with 47 rebounds and had 20 on the offensive end to put 17 second chance points in the hoop.

KU (14-6, 5-4) was led by Carolyn Davis with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds, as the Jayhawks also had five players reach double digits.

The game was full of theatrics with the Wildcats getting fans on their feet throughout. With 22.5 seconds left in regulation, Craig hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 62. Craig hit another key 3-pointer in the first overtime to tie it at 70 points apiece with 1:26 remaining in the extra period. KU’s Angel Goodrich would respond with a 3-pointer of her own to tie it at 74 with less than 10 seconds left.

The first half also was an exciting period with six ties and leads and a layup from Texada knotting the score at 28 all before KU missed two opportunities in the closing seconds of the half.

Both teams went inside as the Jayhawks scored 54 of their 89 points in the paint while K-State tallied 36.

Saturday’s game was the first overtime game in the series since a double-overtime contest on Feb. 18, 2007 in Lawrence, an 82-74 KU win. The win by the Jayhawks ended an 11-game home court winning streak by K-State and marks the first time since the 2000-01 season that KU has won the season series.

The Wildcats will return to action on Wednesday when they host Oklahoma at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network.