Coggins Shot Propels Cats to Win

MANHATTAN, Kan.   A half-court heave at the buzzer by senior Claire Coggins sent Kansas State to its third straight win on Friday night, 68-62 in overtime over Wyoming.


After junior Shana Wheeler tied the game at 52 with a putback, Wyoming took possession of the ball with 13 seconds remaining in regulation. The Cowboys called timeout with 10 seconds remaining to set up their final possession and converted a 3-pointer from Justyna Podziemska in front of the Cowgirls’ bench with 1.3 seconds on the clock to lead 55-52.


As the teams retreated down the floor, sophomore Marlies Gipson inbounded the ball with a baseball pass to Coggins at midcourt. Coggins, who was 0-for-5 from three-point range to this point, beat the buzzer with the dramatic connection from 50 feet, bringing the 4,091 fans in Bramlage Coliseum to their feet.


On the first possession of overtime, the Wildcats’ Kimberly Dietz connected on a jumper to give the Wildcats a 57-55 lead. The Cowgirls recaptured the lead, 58-57, on a three from Jodi Bolerjack with 4:23 to play. K-State answered with a 7-0 run on consecutive layups from Shalee Lehning and Dietz and capped by a three from Gipson, giving K-State a 64-58 lead.


The Wildcats sealed head coach Deb Patterson’s 202nd career win with four free throws down the stretch.


Leading the way for K-State (3-0) was junior Shana Wheeler with a career-high 16 points. The product of Lee’s Summit, Mo., also pulled down seven boards and led a school-record team effort in blocks with six. She is now tied with Nicole Ohlde for the third-highest single-game block effort.


The Wildcats rejected 13 Cowgirl shots on Friday night, breaking the previous mark of 10 set on four different occasions, the last on March 19, 2005 against Bowling Green.


Gipson reached double figures in points for the third time this season with 14. She also registered a game-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double this season and fifth of her career.


Wyoming (2-1) was led by Hanna Zavecz with 19 points and Podziemska with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds.


K-State was 28-of-60 from the field (46.7 percent) and held Wyoming to 38.6 percent from the field on 22-of-57 shooting. The Wildcats also held the edge on the boards at 40 to 30.


Kansas State will embark on a brief road trip to Las Vegas for the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout on Nov. 24-25. The Wildcats will open with Wisconsin at 4 p.m. at the Cox Pavilion.