(Courtesy K-State Sports Info)
Kansas State saw a six-point halftime lead turn into an eight-point Texas advantage midway through the second half, but the Wildcats battled back and held off the Longhorns down the stretch as they picked up a 64-55 win Wednesday evening at the Frank Irwin Center.
Kansas State led at the half, 31-24, but Texas opened up the second stanza with a 16-1 run to take a 40-32 lead with 11:51 to play. Over the next five minutes, K-State promptly got back into the game with a 16-3 run of its own to go back up 48-43.
K-State had three players score in double figures, led by Brittany Chambers’ 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Jalana Childs, was right behind her with 16 points, while Tasha Dickey scored 10.
Texas’ Chassidy Fussell led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 5-of-9 mark from the behind the three-point line. Ashleigh Fontenette also added 17 for the Longhorns.
With the win, the Wildcats (15-6, 6-3) are now tied for second in the Big 12 standings heading into a showdown with the nation’s top-ranked team, Baylor, Saturday in Manhattan. The victory over Texas was the first since a 66-50 triumph in Manhattan three seasons ago, while it was the first in Austin since a 77-74 win in 2008.
Texas fell to 13-8 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 play with the loss.