Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson reacts during the first half of an NCAA tournament first-round college basketball game against Princeton in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A buzzer beater gave the Wildcats their first Big 12 win of the season on Saturday evening as K-State lost a five-point lead over the final three minutes of the contest against TCU and snatched victory out of the Horned Frogs' hands with less than three seconds remaining.
K-State (10-4, 1-1) held a five-point lead with 2:58 remaining in the game before TCU went on a 9-0 run to claim the lead and go up 58-54. A 3-pointer from Bri Craig ended the run and pulled the Wildcats within a point with 44 seconds left.
TCU (7-6, 0-2) then turned the ball over to the Wildcats on an errant inbounds pass out of a timeout to give K-State the ball and a chance to win the contest with 18.1 second left on the clock. Then, out of a K-State timeout Chantay Caron got the ball underneath the basket, spun under and around her defender and put in a layup with 2.7 seconds left. TCU saw a desperation 3-pointer fall short at the buzzer for the Wildcat victory. Caron finished the game with nine points and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the free-throw line and hauled in seven rebounds.
For the second straight game sophomore guard Haley Texada posted a new career-high in scoring. Against TCU on Saturday evening, Texada tallied 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting and was 4-of-10 from 3-point range.
Texada's four 3-pointers helped the Wildcats establish a strong perimeter game against a much taller TCU team. Craig also got involved in the shooting. After missing three attempts from deep in the first half, Craig hit four of her own in the second half to provide K-State with another option outside.
Craig finished the contest with 14 points, her first game in double digits since posting a career-high 15 at UNLV on Dec. 21. Senior Brittany Chambers also reached double digits with 10 points, scoring eight of them in the first half.
The Horned Frogs also had three players score in double digits, led by junior forward Latricia Lovings with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Her four offensive rebounds helped TCU register 12 second chance points. Her inside presence also helped the Horned Frogs score 26 points in the paint. Kamy Cole scored 13 points off the bench and Zahna Medley added 12 to join Lovings in double figures.
K-State trailed 31-26 at the half as the Wildcats relied heavily on the 3-point shot. The Wildcats attempted 18 shots from long range and nine from inside the arc. The Horned Frogs were able to take advantage of their size inside with 18 points in the paint in the opening stanza, including 12 from Lovings.
Texada led the Wildcats with 12 points in the first half, hitting on 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc. Chambers tallied eight points in the first half after hitting her first two attempts from deep. She then struggled from long range along with her teammates as K-State was 5-of-18 in the first half.
The Wildcats continue Big 12 play on Wednesday when they travel to take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders at 7 p.m. from the United Spirit Arena. The game can be heard on the K-State Sports Network. It can also be seen on K-StateHD.TV with Texas Tech TV agreeing to share its feed with K-State Athletics.