LAWRENCE — Kansas opened the Big 12 season with a always-satisfying win on Wednesday, defeating Kansas State 72-63 behind 17 points from Angel Goodrich.
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The KU win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats and helped the Jayhawks open conference play with a win for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
The first half was a seesaw affair. KU, relying on scoring from Goodrich and Natalie Knight, forged a 12-point lead with just under 5 minutes to play in the half.
But when Goodrich was forced to the bench after picking up her second foul, the Wildcats immediately capitalized.
Kansas State went on a 17-3 run and rocked KU at the end of the half, taking a two-point lead, 36-34, into the break — the Wildcats’ first lead since the opening minute of the game. K-State did most of its damage from the foul line as it held a 9-1 advantage there.
The Jayhawks then seized control in the second half with backcourt play. Goodrich, Knight, Monica Engelman and reserve CeCe Harper sparked an 18-6 run and opened a 52-42 advantage with 11:58 remaining in the game, capped by back-to-back three-pointers from Harper.
K-State closed to within four, 56-52, with 7:24 remaining. Chantay Caron scored four points during the K-State run to close the gap. But KU then strung together five straight points and led by nine, 61-52, with 5:39 remaining.
Kansas held K-State to just 30.6 percent shooting from the floor in the second half and 36.5 percent for the game. KU made 28 of 54 shots from the field on its way to shooting 51.9 percent for the game.
K-State, 9-4 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12 — was paced by Haley Texada, who had a career-high 21 points. Caron recorded a season-high 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high five steals off the bench.
Brittany Chambers added 15 points and five rebounds for the Cats.
Chambers has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games this season and in 86 career games. She moved into a tie for seventh in Big 12 history for career three-point field goals made with 268.
For the 13th straight game, K-State reached double figures in steals with 11.
For the season, the Wildcats have 159 steals.
Goodrich, who led five Jayhawks , 10-2 and 1-0, in double figures, had nine assists.
Engelman, who scored 10 points, became the 25th player in Kansas history to score 1,000 points in a career. Knight had 16 points, Carolyn Davis had 14, and Harper added 10. Chelsea Gardner had seven rebounds.