MANHATTAN, Kan. Behind Shalee Lehning’s game-high 17 points, Kansas State defeated Kansas 59-55 Wednesday night, extending the Wildcats’ win streak over the Jayhawks to 12 games. Lehning, Kimberly Dietz and Claire Coggins all scored in double figures.
Kansas State (15-4, 3-3) jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead on 4-of-4 shooting to start the game, forcing the Jayhawks to commit two turnovers and use a quick 30-second timeout at the 18:28 mark. Kansas (6-13, 0-6) went on to make its next three shots on a 7-2 run of its own, getting within five at 18-13.
K-State made just four of its next 16 shots, but the freshmen duo of Ashley Sweat and Kari Kincaid added a layup and a three-pointer, respectively, to push the lead to 11 at 26-15.
Kansas closed the gap to seven at halftime with Kelly Kohn’s three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the first frame. Coggins and Kohn were both in double figures heading into the half, each with 10 points.
The Jayhawks used the momentum after the break and took their first lead of the game at 37-36 with 15:06 left the play after a layup by Shaquina Mosley, extending a 19-6 run that wrapped around halftime.
After a conventional three-point play by Dietz following Mosley’s layup, the teams battled back and forth. The two teams tied five times and exchanged the lead on six occasions during the last 15 minutes.
The Wildcats struggled from the floor in the second half, shooting just 25 percent (6-of-24). However, it was their shooting from the free throw line that won the game for the Wildcats in the second half, going 8-of-10 in the last 3:30.
Kansas State held a two-point lead at 57-55 with less than 20 seconds left, but Danielle McCray’s desperation jumper to tie the game rolled off the rim to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Lehning tied with Kohn for game-high honors with 17 points. Nine of Lehning’s 17 points came from the line, seven of those coming within the final 3:30. Dietz and Coggins contributed 14 and 12, respectively.
Kansas State will travel to Iowa State Saturday, Jan. 27, to take on the Cyclones.