White lifts KSU women over Aggies 71-69 in OT
MANHATTAN, Kan.—Texas A&M coach Gary Blair would be the first to say the defending NCCA champions have some work to do.
Mariah White fought through traffic and banked in a runner with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lift Kansas State over the No. 8 Aggies 71-69 on Wednesday night.
It was the third loss in five games for the Aggies, giving Blair some cause for concern.
"This basketball team has been playing like this for a long time, where everybody circles on the calendar when they play us and we have to respond," he said. "Getting to the Final Four and to the NCAA tournament is not within our reach right now until we learn how to play better and smarter. The smarter team won tonight."
Brittany Chambers scored 21 points, Tasha Dickey had 17 and Jalana Childs added 16 for the Wildcats (10-3, 1-0 Big 12). Mariah White finished with 12 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, three steals and a block.
"I'm extremely proud of our basketball team," K-State head coach Deb Patterson said. "I think we lined up against one of America's finest programs tonight and fought extremely hard from the tip to the finish."
Tyra White scored 17 points and Sydney Carter added 16 for the Aggies (9-3, 0-1). Kelsey Bone chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"Give Chambers and White a lot of credit," Blair said.
Kansas State, which trailed 34-25 at the half, shot a season-best 54 percent (27 of 50) from the field, while Texas A&M hit 42 percent (28 for 67).
The Wildcats surged after the break and shot 60 percent in the second half, which included a 14-4 run that brought KSU out of 39-29 hole 3 minutes into the half.
"I think that was where we kind of lost the game," said Carter. "We could never capitalize on anything. We just turned the ball over way too much."
Free throws proved costly for the Aggies, who went 10 for 19 from the stripe -- including 4 for 11 in the second half.
The Wildcats weren't much better at 13 for 21 from the free throw line, but most of their makes came down the stretch and in overtime.
The Wildcats held a 47-46 lead with 10:33 to go after White hit a layup, but both defenses stepped up the pressure and there were only six combined points scored until 4:10 remained.
Both teams traded baskets in overtime and the game was tied 63-all with 2:03 left after Bone scored in the paint.
K-State turned the ball over after a timeout but received a break when the Aggies turned it over on the other end. Still, KSU couldn't find the basket and with 49 seconds left, Texas A&M's Adaora Elonu got a steal.
The Wildcats responded, though, and a loose ball ended up a steal for KSU's Ashia Woods. With Woods on the ground trying to secure the ball, K-State took a timeout with 24 seconds to go.
After the pause, White found an open lane in the paint and touched it off the glass for the winning score.