Wildcats? streak vs. Kansas snapped at 12

Lawrence, Kan. Kansas needed two overtimes to end Kansas State’s 12-game stranglehold on the Sunflower State Showdown as Jayhawks knocked off the Wildcats 82-74 at Allen Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon.

Ashley Sweat scored a career-high 20 points to lead Kansas State (16-10, 4-9 Big 12), including a bucket with 16.5 seconds left in regulation to force the first of two overtimes.

Kimberly Dietz added 17 points and Claire Coggins finished with 14 for the Wildcats, who lead by as many as three in the first OT session before being outscored 12-1 during the first 4 minutes of the second.

Danielle McCray scored seven of her career-high 25 points during the second overtime to lead Kansas (9-17, 3-10 Big 12), which grabbed its first win in the Sunflower Showdown since edging the Wildcats in Manhattan, 65-62, on Jan. 27, 2001.

McCray also snatched 10 rebounds and along with Sahquina Mosley’s 21 points and 14 boards was one of two Jayhawks to record a double-double. Mosley also had nine assists and just missed out on a triple-double for Kansas, which has won three of its last four games after opening Big 12 play with nine straight losses.

Kansas State trailed by as many as nine points in the first half and was down 34-26 at the break before using a furious rally to get back into the game. The Wildcats outscored the Jayhawks 22-9 during a six minute stretch of the second half to forge a 50-48 lead with just over 10 minutes to go.

But after taking a 54-53 lead on a layup by Sweat with six minutes remaining in regulation, K-State went scoreless for nearly five minutes allowing KU to regain the lead, 58-54.

A layup by Coggins with 1:13 to go, however, pulled K-State within a basket and set up Sweat’s game-tying field goal that sent the contest into overtime.

The Wildcats carried that momentum into the first overtime and after three ties and three lead changes built a 69-66 lead thanks to a driving layup by Shalee Lehning and two free throws by Dietz.

After Mosley hit two from the line to pull KU within one, Dietz and Danielle Zanotti had a chance to put the game away for K-State but could hit only 1-of-3 from the stripe. Dietz missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Zanotti could only knock down the second of her two freebees to keep the Jayhawks hopes alive.

Mosley capitalized, hitting a driving layup of her own to re-tie the game at 70-70 with six seconds to play. The Wildcats drove down and had a chance to get a good look at a potential game-winner, but Dietz’s pass in the lane was picked off with time about to expire and K-State never got off a shot.

The Wildcats continue their brief two-game road swing along I-70 on Wednesday, Feb. 21, when K-State travels to Missouri for an 8 p.m. tip at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.