Wildcats Upset No. 17 Texas A&M, 48-45

MANHATTAN, Kan. Claire Coggins scored a season-high 20 points, including her 1,000th career point, and Kansas State knocked off No. 17 Texas A&M 48-45 Saturday afternoon before 5,594 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Ashley Sweat and Marlies Gipson added 11 points each, with Sweat scoring eight straight for the Wildcats (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) during an 12-2 run that put K-State on top 41-36 with 8:23 to play.

Texas A&M (10-3), which was held to season lows in both points and shooting percentage (31.7 percent), got 10 points from Danielle Gant and Takia Starks and closed within one on two separate occasions down the stretch but could never regain the lead thanks to K-State’s stifling defensive effort.

The Aggies had a shot to send the game into overtime, but Kimberly Dietz, who was held without a point for the first time this season, stole the ball from A’Quonesia Franklin and Coggins was fouled with seven seconds to play.

Coggins made the first of two from the stripe to close out the scoring to give K-State’s its first Big 12 win of the season.

But it was on the defensive end of the floor where K-State truly shined as the Wildcats held an Aggie squad that entered the contest averaging 75 points per game 30 below its average.

Kansas State, which committed 24 turnovers and was outrebounded 38-31 resulting in a whopping 20 additional shots for the Aggies was out of sync early in the game and trailed by as many as six points in the first half.

The Wildcats settled down and used a 13-6 run to take a 17-16 lead with 6:42 remaining. A&M, though, went right back on top on its ensuing possession and led 24-21 before Coggins drilled a 3-pointer with 1:22 on the first half clock to tie things up.

A bucket by Sparks just 14 seconds before intermission, however, sent the Aggies to the locker room with a 26-24 lead, setting up the frantic back-and-forth second half.

Kansas State continues its Big 12 schedule on Saturday, Jan. 13, when the Wildcats host Missouri at Bramlage Coliseum. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Midwest.