WVU pushes Kansas State to overtime, falls 73-64

West Virginia scored five points in the final six seconds of regulation to force overtime at Bramlage Coliseum before Kansas State went on to defeat the Mountaineers, 73-64.

The No. 10 Wildcats outscored No. 22 West Virginia, 15-6 in the extra session to hand the Mountaineers just their fourth loss of the season.

Trailing 57-53 with six seconds left, WVU junior guard JJ Quinerly hit a three-pointer to pull the Mountaineers within a point. WVU fouled Ayoka Lee, who scored a game-high 34 points. Lee connected on one of two free throws to put the Wildcats up 58-56.

Without a timeout at their disposal, Jordan Harrison drove to the hoop past two defenders and hit a layup as time expired, sending the game to overtime tied at 58.

In overtime, the Mountaineers went cold from the floor, making just 2-of-9 shots. KSU went 9-of-11 from the free throw line to secure the victory.

“I am really proud of our group. I thought that was a really good women’s college basketball game with two really good teams going toe-to-toe and back-and-forth,” said WVU head coach Mark Kellogg.

“I wish we came out certainly on the other end. There’s no moral victories or anything like that for us but I am really proud of our group.”

West Virginia led 13-5 after the opening quarter and they took a 41-35 lead into the final frame.

In addition to her 34 points, Lee grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.

“Lee is a problem. She is an All-American for a reason. She is one of the best post players in the country.”

Quinerly led the Mountaineers with 23 points.

West Virginia (22-4, 11-4 Big 12) is fourth in the conference standings with three games to play. Oklahoma (13-2) leads by a game over K-State and Texas (12-3). The Mountaineers look to avenge an earlier loss to Baylor Saturday at the Coliseum.

“We don’t have a long time to rest or think about this one. But we’ll get better. Hats off to K-State.”

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