Three Pointers Doom Cats in Boulder, 73-68

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Shalee Lehning led a trio of Kansas State players in double figures with 19 points, but Colorado’s hot shooting from three-point range proved to be the difference as the Buffaloes held on for a 73-68 win in Big 12 action Saturday night.

 

The Wildcats (18-8, 10-3 Big 12) have lost two in a row, and had their seven-game road winning streak halted. Kansas State also tumbled out of a tie with Baylor for the conference lead.

 

Colorado's Bianca Smith hit one of her five 3-pointers with just under a minute remaining to give the Buffaloes a 69-66 lead. The Buffaloes hit 12 three pointers on the evening, including eight in the first half

 

After Shalee Lehning glided in for a layup with 44 seconds left, the Buffaloes worked the shot clock down and Whitney Houston launched a 3-pointer that bounded off the back of the rim.

 

However, Jackie McFarland grabbed the rebound, went back up and was fouled as she made the shot, completing a three-point play with 16.1 seconds left to seal Colorado's second straight win.

 

The Buffaloes (15-11, 4-9) had dropped nine of their last 11 before the win over the Wildcats. It was Colorado's third victory over a ranked team this season.

 

Smith finished with 17 points, while McFarland also had six assists and Aija Putnina grabbed eight rebounds.

 

Kimberly Dietz added 16 points for the Wildcats, including four 3-pointers, and Ashley Sweat had 15.

 

Marlies Gipson, the Wildcats' second-leading scorer, fouled out with 5:49 remaining. She scored all six of her points in the first half.

 

Colorado’s Brittany Spears finished with 20 points and Jackie McFarland scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half.