Jan. 4, 2012
Final Stats |
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The last time Kansas State faced the Texas A&M Aggies the Wildcats handed them their second-to-last loss before going on to eventually win the NCAA Championship. On Wednesday night, the Wildcats handed the Aggies their first loss in Big 12 Conference play getting the upset over the No. 9/8 Aggies in overtime, 71-69, to open league play on the right foot. K-State has now won five straight Big 12 openers.
Brittany Chambers found her stroke in the second half after only scoring two points in the first half to tally 21 on the night and lead the way to the victory. Three other Wildcats joined her in double digits with Tasha Dickey scoring 17 and shooting a perfect 6-of-6 on the night and 3-of-3 at the free-throw line. K-State was without Dickey’s hot shooting and stifling defense in overtime, however, as she fouled out with 1:41 remaining in regulation.
Jalana Childs posted 16 points and pulled down four rebounds in the winning effort, but perhaps most key to the victory was Mariah White’s 12 points and a career-high 11 assists for her first career double-double. White did not even take a shot in the first half but managed to find seams to the basket and score on backdoor screens against the Aggies. White also made the most important basket on the night driving to the basket and hitting a layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to win the game.
Texas A&M (9-3, 0-1 Big 12) had three players reach double digits in scoring led by Tyra White with 17. Sydney Carter added 16 in the loss, and Kelsey Bone had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
K-State (10-3, 1-0) climbed back into the game, after trailing 34-25 at the half, with a 15-5 run to begin the second half. Chambers scored six points during the rally and White registered an old fashioned three-point play on a fast break layup and free throw with 14:56 to play to bring K-State to within one, 39-38. A pair of White free throws with 14:20 to play gave K-State its first lead, 40-39, since the 14:45 mark of the first half.
The teams traded baskets and the lead after Dickey gave K-State a 43-41 lead on a 3-pointer with 13:00 to play. Texas A&M was able to secure a five-point lead, 54-49, on an 8-2 run forcing a K-State timeout with 4:05 remaining.
K-State cut into the Aggies’ lead with a 6-0 run to trail 56-55 with 2:07 to play. Chambers registered consecutive layups, including a fast break layup following a steal and full court pass from White.
Childs registered a pair of layups in the closing moments of regulation, including the game-tying effort with eight seconds remaining to knot the score at 61 and send the game to overtime.
In overtime, K-State was a perfect four-of-four from the field, as Chambers recorded a layup nine seconds into the extra frame and a deep three to give the Wildcats a 66-63 edge with 4:06 to play.
After Texas A&M’s Bone tied the game at 69 with 2:00 remaining, the team’s turned stagnant on their offensive possessions. On K-State’s final offensive possession, White used a screen from Childs to drive to the basket and muscle past her defender for the game-winning layup.
Texas A&M out-rebounded K-State 41-30, but the Wildcats were able to overcome that differential by shooting 54.0 percent on the night (27-of-50) while the Aggies shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67). K-State was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field during overtime.
Kansas State returns to the road on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to in-state rival Kansas for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. The 103rd meeting between the schools tips off at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast throughout the state on the K-State Sports Network and the audio will also be available for free at kstatesports.com.