With six minutes to go at the Super Pit in Denton, Tex., the Kansas State Wildcats found themselves facing an unfamiliar situation. Trailing the host North Texas Mean Green by 8, something had to happen.
That something was Kaylee Page, who scored seven straight points to get the Cats back in striking distance, and who then pulled down the rebound which led to Rachel Ranke’s go-ahead three with a minute to go.
North Texas tied the game on their possession, but a foul on Kayla Goth with 13 seconds to play gave her the opportunity to sink the winning free throw as the Cats (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) took a 55-54 win in their first road game of the season.
It was the second comeback of the game for K-State, which had fallen behind 26-15 midway through the second quarter before three straight three-point plays by the Wildcats narrowed the margin to two.
Ranke led the Cats with 14 points, and Goth and Page each added 11 while Peyton Williams posted 9 points and 7 rebounds. Terriell Bradley led the Mean Green (2-1, 0-0 CUSA) with 15 points; Trena Mims had 11 and Micayla Buckner had 10 boards.
K-State is back in action Friday in Las Vegas, facing 8th-ranked UCLA in the first round of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.