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K-State, Kansas beat ranked foes

  • Published Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at 12:05 a.m.

Mariah White offered a quick prayer when she tossed up a runner with the game tied in the waning seconds of overtime.

The Kansas State guard fought through traffic and banked the ball in with 1.6 seconds left in the extra period to lift the Wildcats over No. 8 Texas A&M 71-69 on Wednesday night.

"I just dribbled around," said White, who finished with 12 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, three steals and a block. "Nobody was open so I had no one to throw it to. I just said, 'Dear Lord, help me with this shot.' I just threw up the shot, and it went in."

Brittany Chambers scored 21 points, Tasha Dickey had 17 and Jalana Childs added 16 for the Wildcats (10-3, 1-0 Big 12).

"I'm extremely proud of our basketball team," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. "I think we lined up against one of America's finest programs tonight and fought extremely hard from the tip to the finish."

Kansas State, which trailed 34-25 at the half, shot a season-best 54 percent (27 of 50) from the field, while Texas A&M hit 42 percent (28 for 67).

The Wildcats surged after the break and shot 60 percent in the second half, which included a 14-4 run that brought KSU out of 39-29 hole 3 minutes into the half.

TEXAS A&M (9-3,0-1): Elonu 3-13 2-4 8, Bone 7-10 0-2 14, Carter 4-11 6-8 16, White 8-19 1-3 17, Pratcher 0-4 1-2 1, Bellock 0-0 0-0 0, Standish 0-2 0-0 0, Collins 4-4 0-0 9, Gilbert 2-3 0-0 4, Assarian 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-67 10-19 69.

KANSAS STATE (10-3, 1-0): Childs 7-14 2-5 16, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Chambers 9-18 1-4 21, Dickey 6-6 3-3 17, White 3-6 6-7 12, Caron 0-1 0-0 0, Wittman 0-0 0-0 0, Ostermann 0-0 1-2 1, Chisholm 0-0 0-0 0, Woods 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-50 13-21 71.

Halftime — A&M 34, KSU 25. End of regulation — 61-61. 3s — A&M 3-10 (Carter 2, Collins), KSU 4-12 (Chambers 2, Dickey 2). Rebounds — A&M 41 (Bone 10), KSU 30 (Brown 6). Assists — A&M 15 (Elonu, Standish 3), KSU 16 (White 11). Fouls — A&M 18, KSU 18. A — 2,871.

Kansas 72, No. 23 Texas 67 — Angel Goodrich scored 22 points and Kansas won its Big 12 opener for the first time in six years.

Monica Engelman added 19 points and Carolyn Davis scored 14 of her 16 after halftime for the Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0),.

Ashleigh Fontenette scored 19 points as Texas (10-3, 0-1) lost for the first time since falling to No. 6 Tennessee on Dec. 4.

Kansas, which came in with the nation's best shooting percentage, extended its winning streak to six games despite shooting a season-worst 39 percent from the field (26 of 66).

KANSAS (12-1): Sutherland 4-11 2-6 10, Davis 6-14 4-6 16, Goodrich 6-11 8-13 22, Engelman 8-19 0-0 19, Knight 1-3 0-2 3, Harper 1-6 0-0 2, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-66 14-27 72.

TEXAS (10-3): Gayle 4-9 1-2 9, Reed 4-9 0-2 8, Anderson 3-10 1-2 8, Fussell 5-13 1-2 12, Fontenette 8-20 2-2 19, Brewer 1-2 0-0 2, Enemkpali 2-3 0-0 4, Bass 0-1 1-2 1, Hartung 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 28-69 8-14 67.

Halftime—Kansas 30-20. 3-Point Goals—Kansas 6-12 (Engelman 3-7, Goodrich 2-2, Knight 1-2, Harper 0-1), Texas 3-10 (Fontenette 1-2, Anderson 1-3, Fussell 1-4, Bass 0-1). Fouled Out—Fontenette, Gayle. Rebounds—Kansas 42 (Davis 10), Texas 45 (Fussell, Gayle 9). Assists—Kansas 13 (Goodrich 9), Texas 12 (Anderson, Fontenette 3). Total Fouls—Kansas 13, Texas 22. A—2,918.

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