Cats Drop OT Heartbreaker to Cyclones, 66-65

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Shalee Lehing’s potential game-winning, running bankshot at the buzzer rolled around the rim twice and then off as Kansas State dropped a 66-65 heartbreaker to Iowa State in overtime Wednesday in a Big 12 quarterfinal matchup at Municipal Auditorium.

Kansas State, ahead 65-63, surrendered a three-point play to Alison Lacey with 4.5 seconds left in overtime as the Cyclones erased a six-point deficit in the extra period. Kansas State led for all but the last four seconds. Danielle Zanotti scored 9 of her 12 points in the extra session and hit six of eight free throws as the Wildcats tried to cling to the lead while the Cyclones made their furious comeback.

Shalee Lehning, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the top-seeded Wildcats, recorded her fourth straight double-double, which is just one shy of the school record.

Alison Lacey’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds left cut the lead to 64-63. After Kansas State’s Danielle Zanotti made her first free throw and missed the second, Lacey took an outlet pass and raced the length of the court to put in a layup while getting fouled by Lehning.

Lacey finished with 17 points for Iowa State (20-11), while Heather Ezell scored a game-high 26, including eight three-pointers. Jocelyn Anderson added 11 points, including the game-tying putback with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Marlies Gipson had 16 points and Zanotti and Ashley Sweat scored 12 apiece for Kansas State (21-9), which lost in its first game as a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

The Wildcats’ lost leading scorer Kimberly Dietz to an injury early in the game.

Up 25-24 at halftime, Lehning and Gipson led Kansas State on a 11-0 run midway through the second to take a 43-35 lead with 6 1/2 minutes left.

But Iowa State, behind superb shooting from Ezell and Lacey, never went away. The Cyclones always had an answer and closed regulation on an 18-8 spurt to tie the game.