Cats fall to Jayhawks in double-OT

By Joshua Kinder

With 10 seconds remaining and her team down by three in the first overtime period, Kansas guard Angel Goodrich buried a 3-pointer to send Saturday’s game into another overtime.

It’s a shot Kansas State coach Deb Patterson isn’t likely to forget anytime soon, as the rival Jayhawks went on to defeat the Wildcats 89-80 at Bramlage Coliseum and hand K-State its second straight loss since upsetting No. 12 Oklahoma State 10 days ago.

The game — which featured 24 lead changes — was tied at 28 after the first half, tied at 62 at the end of the regulation and tied at 74 at the end of the first overtime. But in the end, it boiled down to the final 20 seconds.

“This game came down to play-making on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor,” Patterson said. “KU made more plays, stepped up and was more accountable and aggressive in key possessions that really mattered down the stretch.”

K-State (12-9, 3-6 Big 12) tied the game at 62 with 22 seconds left in regulation on a 3-pointer from Bri Craig that sent the game into OT. The freshman struggled most of the game, but came through in the clutch twice, delivering on yet another 3-pointer to tie the game late in the first overtime period.

Craig, who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, sparked a 7-1 run with her second 3-pointer, as the Wildcats charged forward 74-71 with 23 seconds to go.

But with the ball and the clock winding down, the Jayhawks weren’t finished. Carolyn Davis, who had a game-high 29 points, missed an easy shot inside with 16 seconds to play, but got the rebound and kicked it out to Goodrich, who was left wide open for the trey.

“Bri made a big shot to put us in position to win the game, and then we didn’t defend,” Patterson said. “You have to do it all. This is the Big 12 baby and this team has beaten us once. They’re not going to give you an inch.”

The problem was that K-State gave KU several feet and that’s all Goodrich needed to make the Wildcats pay.

“The game is basically won with 20 seconds left and they’ve scored on you all day long on the inside and we give up a 3 — the only shot that can beat you,” Patterson said. “I just have no answer for that.

“It’s a mystery to me why we wouldn’t guard the perimeter after giving up the inside the entire game, but that’s what we did.”

Tied at 74 to start the second OT, Kansas (14-6, 5-4) again turned to Davis and Chelsea Gardner inside, who combined for eight points in the final five minutes, as the Jayhawks outscored K-State 15-6 down the stretch for the win and season sweep of the Wildcats.

“They made shots and we didn’t make shots,” Patterson said. “They got the ball to their high-priority shooters and they made shots. We didn’t when we got the ball to our scorers.

“That was the night for us. Somebody would do this, then nobody cares about that. Somebody would do this, then nobody cares about that. We were so dang inconsistent from player to player… Who can you depend on to do their job up and down the floor on both ends? We didn’t have that and they did.”

Five players scored in double figures for K-State, which shot just 33 percent from the field, compared to the 48 percent for KU. Haley Texada led the way with 21 points, while seniors Mariah White and Brittany Chambers each turned in double-doubles. White finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Chambers had 14 points and 11 rebounds, but was 0 for 7 from behind the arc and finished just 5 for 22 overall. Chantay Caron added 11 points and seven rebounds.

“I felt like Mariah wanted the win,” Patterson said. “I thought she was off the charts with respect to working on both ends of the floor. She played a great game. I don’t walk away from this game wondering if she put it all out there or not. She did everything conceivable to put her team in position to win the game.

“She made tough shots, she defended, she had mismatches, she got steals, and she got rebounds. I am very impressed. She showed up.”

K-State did shoot well from the free-throw line, making 18 of 23 there, but even that wasn’t enough to brighten Patterson’s mood after the game.

“Look at our three-throw percentage — we’re 18 of 23 — if you make two or three more, wide-open, 15-foot free throws you win the game,” she said. “It’s not even close down the stretch. I mean, 18 of 23 is great when it’s all said and done, but did you win the game?”

The Wildcats have little time to lick their wounds, as Oklahoma comes to town on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game at Bramlage.

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