With seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Kansas State women’s basketball team was dead in the water.
After going into the locker room at halftime tied 24-24, Kansas State watched as West Virginia went on a 26-8 run to open the second half. The Mountaineers were pressing and the Wildcats couldn’t find an answer.
“Their guards were into us and we weren’t handling that well at all ...” K-State head coach Jeff Mittie said in a postgame radio interview. “I was so mad at the guards during that stretch for not being strong with the basketball.”
Mittie’s frustration eventually boiled over as he called a timeout with Kansas State trailing 50-32.
The timeout proved to be the spark the Wildcats (11-11, 5-6 Big 12) needed, as the team launched on a 19-0 run over the ensuing six minutes to take the lead before eventually fending off West Virginia for a miraculous 56-55 win.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of one like that quite honestly ...” Mittie said. “All of sudden it just kind of got going.”
Guard Angela Harris led K-State. The most consistent performer of the night, Harris finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. It was her 3-pointer with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter that helped kick off the Wildcats’ comeback over the Mountaineers (14-8, 4-7).
Ayoka Lee turned in another standout performance, scoring 15 points to go along with 16 rebounds and six blocks.
The double-double was Lee’s 13th of the season, giving her the record for most double-doubles in a freshman season. The record previously was set by Kendra Wecker in the 2001-02 season.
With her six blocks, Lee now has 67 on the season, which sets another Kansas State record for most blocks in a freshman campaign.
Marlies Gipson previously held the record, stuffing 62 shots during the 2005-06 season.
The Wildcats will look to push their record above .500 at 2 p.m. Saturday when they visit Oklahoma.