Wildcats Win Overtime Thriller

It took heart.
 
It took a team.
Last night in Bramlage Coliseum, the Wildcats stuck together and fought for one of their most impressive victories of the season - one that looked in doubt as Oklahoma State made what appeared to be a desperation game-winning three-pointer at the end of overtime only for a monitor review to show the shot came after the buzzer as K-State held on.
"I thought we played extremely hard and executed some things real well, some things not so well, but I felt that we were competing as hard as we've competed all year," said K-State head coach Jeff Mittie. "With our offensive rebounds (21), we had a season high and that gave us a chance to win this game."
Though the Wildcats struggled offensively at times - shooting only 30 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line - the team pulled together to overcome any adversity thrown their way.
Despite falling behind by six points in the game's opening minutes, K-State went on an 8-0 run to take the lead and never backed down.
"I would say the last 41 minutes, I thought our effort was really good. Ashia (Woods) made a huge steal late in the game, Shaelyn Martin got a huge rebound, Bre Lewis got a huge block and (Haley) Texada had a huge recovery. It took a lot of people. I would say we made some strides tonight. We grew up some tonight."
K-State was led by Woods, who recorded her second career double-double by scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. She also dished out five assists and nabbed four steals.
While it took the whole team to earn the win, along with Woods, Texada's 10-point performance was also key to the Wildcats' victory. It marked the third-straight game Texada scored in double digits.
Both seniors have been playing with an added intensity as, halfway through their final Big 12 season, every game is one game closer to their last. 
"There's a little more urgency since (our careers are) coming to an end, so we've been playing with a little more energy and a little more passion," explained Woods. "But another thing is we have experience, so we know what to do and how to help lead our team as well."
Mittie said he has noticed an added intensity from his seniors recently, and also said it's crucial to have both Woods and Texada step up as leaders and produce offensively.
"It's critical for them to play well. It's critical for them to bring that energy," said Mittie about Woods and Texada. "They bring a lot to the table. They bring an ability, like you saw tonight, to get to the rim. That's something that we lack; we don't have a lot of that. Before the game we talked about having an attitude to get to the rim and those two are critical with that."
Along with Woods and Texada, Lewis scored in double digits with 12 points and recorded a game-high five blocks. Though Martin struggled offensively by scoring only four points, the Salina, Kansas, native grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds.
"I was proud of our group tonight," said Mittie. "They certainly were engaged with what we were trying to accomplish at both ends of the floor. I thought they did some really good things.
"I think it was an important win for our group because I think that they are taking steps forward," continued Mittie. "While they're taking baby steps and sometimes not as fast as we'd like, we took some steps forward tonight."
Up next for the Wildcats (12-7, 2-6 Big 12) is a trip to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders  (13-7, 3-5 Big 12) at 3 p.m., in United Supermarkets Arena.
For a complete recap, stats and more from last night's game, please click here.
 

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