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KU women end losing streak in Manhattan with double overtime win

  • Eagle news services
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 7:40 p.m.

— It’s said that good things don’t come easy, and the Kansas women’s basketball team learned that Saturday.

The Jayhawks ended an 11-game losing streak at Bramlage Coliseum with an 89-80 double overtime victory that featured 24 lead changes and 19 ties.

“It is a rivalry game,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “That is what it is supposed to look like right? It does not matter what we did (in the last game) against Iowa State and what they did against Oklahoma State. None of it matters other than how you play. I thought both teams played well. It was a great contest for the fans.”

Kansas led by three late in regulation, but the Wildcats’ Brianna Craig drained a game-tying three-pointer with 22 seconds on the clock to force a tie. Kansas’ CeCe Harper had a shot before the final buzzer, but the ball rolled off the rim and sent the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, K-State was ahead 74-71, but KU’s Angel Goodrich nailed a three-point shot from the left wing with seven seconds remaining to send the game into double overtime.

Carolyn Davis and Chelsea Gardner made consecutive baskets to open the second overtime and KU never trailed. The Jayhawks (14-6, 5-4 Big 12), made 9 of 10 free throws in the second overtime. Brittany Chambers had four of the six points in the second OT for K-State (12-9, 3-6).

“This game tonight, I felt came down to playmaking on the defense and the offensive end of the floor,” said K-State coach Deb Patterson. “KU made more plays. They stepped up and were more accountable. They were more aggressive in key possessions, and they did things that mattered down the stretch as it relates to winning games in the Big 12.

“Quite frankly, they just made more of those big plays, whether it is making a basket or excluding the fact that they were guarded or not guarded. They stepped up and made more plays on the offensive end of the floor than I felt we did. It is a disappointing loss for this basketball team.”

Kansas – Gardner 8-9 3-4 19, Davis 12-24 5-7 29, Goodrich 4-13 2-3 11, Engelman 4-9 4-4 12, Harper 2-9 1-2 5, Boyd 3-6 2-2 11, Williams 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-71 17-22 89.

Kansas State – Caron 2-7 6-9 11, Texada 7-18 4-4 21, Chambers 5-22 4-6 14, Craig 5-20 0-0 14, White 7-9 4-4 18, Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Spresser 0-1 0-0 0.

Halftime — 28-28. Regulation — 62-62. First OT — 74-74. Three-point shots — KU 4-10 (Boyd 3-5, Goodrich 1-2, Engelman 0-1, Harper 0-2), KSU 8-28 (Craig 4-10, Texada 3-7, Caron 1-2, Chambers 0-7, Brown 0-1, Spresser 0-1). Rebounds — KU 47 (9-Davis, Engelman), KSU 47 (White 12). Assists — KU 22 (Harper 7), KSU 13 (White 6). Fouls — KU 19, KSU 19. A. — 6,992.

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