MANHATTAN, Kan. - It was anything but easy as the Kansas women's basketball team ended its 11-game losing skid Saturday in games at Bramlage Coliseum with an 89-80 double overtime victory over Kansas State in a contest that featured 24 lead changes, 19 ties and 50 minutes to play.
Kansas has now won three of its last four games on the year, improving to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks were led by Carolyn Davis, who posted a season-high 29 points on a 12-for-24 shooting performance. Davis was one of five KU players in double-figure scoring, as Chelsea Gardner tossed in 19, Monica Engelman finished with 12 and Angel Goodrich and Asia Boyd each scored 11.
Points were tough to come by for the Jayhawks in the early going, but an 8-0 run pushed KU to a 16-12 lead at the 11 minute mark in the first half. The lead was short-lived as the in-state rivals battled to six lead changes and six ties in the first half alone. KU's Davis paced the Jayhawks with nine first-half points, while K-State's Haley Texada fired in 13 points in the first 20 minutes.
Thanks for four offensive rebounds and a 6-1 rebounding edge to open the second half, Kansas State used a 9-2 run to take a 37-30 lead. The Jayhawks bounced back thanks to the tandem of Davis and Goodrich, as KU took a 42-39 lead with 13:24 remaining. Davis scored 11 of Kansas' first 14 second-half points.
The two teams continued to trade the lead in the second half. It appeared that Kansas was going to ice the victory, but Davis missed the backend of a pair of free throws and K-State's Brianna Craig drained a game-tying three with 22 seconds on the clock to force a 62-62 tie. Kansas' CeCe Harper had a shot before the final buzzer, but the ball rolled off the rim and sent the game into overtime for the second time in two games for the Jayhawks.
KU got off to a great start in the first extra period, but K-State found itself with a 74-71 lead late in the frame. Once again, Goodrich gave the Jayhawks life by draining a three-point shot from the left wing with seven seconds remaining to send the game into double overtime. In the second overtime, Davis and Gardner proved to be too much for the Wildcats as the Jayhawks pounded the ball inside. KU also shot 12-for-14 from the free throw line in the two overtime periods to the seal the win.
K-State was led by Texada's 21 points, while Mariah White (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Brittany Chambers (14 points, 11 rebounds) each finished with double-doubles.
Kansas returns to action Wednesday when the Jayhawks take on No. 1 ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas.