On Saturday evening the Kansas Lady Jayhawks defeated the Kansas State Lady Wildcats in an two overtime thriller, 89-80. The Lady Jayhawks had just learned they will be without guard Natalie Knight for the rest of the season after she tore her ACL on Wednesday in a game against Iowa State.
With the win, Kansas improved to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in conference, and dropped Kansas State to 12-9 overall and 3-6 in conference. The Jayhawks hadn’t won in Manhattan since 2001 making this win even more important.
Senior forward Carolyn Davis led the way for the Jayhawks, scoring 29 points, and adding nine rebounds. Chelsea Gardner added 19 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in the win. Angel Goodrich went for 11 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. Kansas State was led by Haley Texada, who scored 21 points, and had four rebounds with three assists.
The first half ended knotted up in a tie at 28 points apiece with neither team commanding much of a lead. Kansas State grabbed an early lead in the second half at 37-30, only to have Kansas rally and grab the lead again at 42-39. Kansas held a three-point lead after Charlicia Harper made a free throw with 38 seconds left. She missed the second attempt leaving the Wildcats a chance. Brianna Craig drained a triple, tying the game up, pushing us to an extra session. Goodrich canned a three in the first overtime to tie the game up again with 10 seconds remaining, putting us in a second overtime. Kansas grabbed control early in the second overtime thanks to Davis and Gardner giving the Jayhawks a six-point lead. The Jayhawks then made key free throws down the stretch, preserving the win.
Next up for Kansas is a game with top-ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas on Wednesday.