Cats Move to 2-0 in Big 12 After Win at Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- Shalee Lehning scored a career-high 21 points to lead a quartet of Wildcats in double figures and Kansas State erased an early 12-0 deficit en route to a 77-74 overtime upset of No. 15 Texas at the Frank Erwin Center on Sunday.


The win for the Wildcats was their second straight over a ranked opponent on the road, marking the first time since the 1979 season that a K-State team has done so, as Kansas State moved to 2-0 in Big 12 play with the victory in Austin.


Back in 1979, Kansas State knocked off No. 19 Missouri (2/6) on the road before taking a two-overtime thriller at No. 16 Kansas (2/26) in Lawrence.


Kansas State opened conference play with a 67-54 win at No. 12 Texas A&M on Wednesday.


The last time a Wildcat team defeated two ranked opponents in consecutive games was back in 2005 as K-State knocked off No. 10 Texas Tech in Lubbock on January 22 and No. 18 Iowa State at home on January 25.


The Wildcats held Texas scoreless until the 0:59 mark of overtime and led 75-71 before Carla Cortijo made a layup and free throw to bring the Horns to within one at 75-74. Kimberly Dietz then made two free throws to put the Cats up by three at 77-74 before Brittainey Raven, who had 14 points for Texas, missed a desperation 3-pointer for the Longhorns.


The Longhorns took a 12-0 lead to open the game, but it wasn't enough to contain the Wildcats as a Kari Kincaid three-pointer at the 11:42 mark of the first half cut the lead to 18-9. Texas upped its lead back to as many as 14 in the first half at 25-11, but the Wildcats went on a 23-12 run to close the half to go into the locker room down three, 37-34.


The Wildcats scored five of the first seven points of the second half to tie the game at 39, and Texas would never lead by more than five points until Kansas State took a 62-61 advantage, its first lead of the game, with just over 6 minutes remaining on two free throws by Ashley Sweat.


The two teams traded buckets for the remainder of regulation and Sweat’s layup with 0:17 left tied the game at 71. Sweat also blocked Kathleen Nash’s potential game-winner as time expired in regulation.


Sweat scored 20 points, Marlies Gipson had 16 and Dietz added 15 for the Wildcats (10-5, 2-0 Big 12). Ashley Lindsey led Texas (12-4, 0-2) with 15 points and 11 rebounds.


Kansas State returns home for three straight Big 12 games, beginning with Texas Tech on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.