MANHATTAN, Kan. — It’s said that good things don’t come easy, and the Kansas women’s basketball team learned that Saturday.
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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 our 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 overtime beckoned.
K-State nearly won after the first overtime. It was ahead 74-71, but the Jayhawks’ Angel Goodrich nailed a three-point shot from the left wing with 7 seconds remaining to force double overtime.
Carolyn Davis and Chelsea Gardner made consecutive baskets opening the second overtime, and KU never trailed. The Jayhawks, 14-6 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12, made nine of 10 free throws in the second overtime. Brittany Chambers had four of K-State’s six points in the second OT.
“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, who saw her team fall to 12-9 and 3-6. “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. ... 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.”