MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)—Jamie Carey scored 21 points and No. 13 Texas withstood a late rally to beat 18th-ranked Kansas State 64-60 on Wednesday night.
Heather Schreiber added 14 points for the Longhorns (16-7, 9-3 Big 12), who are chasing league-leading Baylor with three games remaining in the regular season.
Kendra Wecker finished with 28 points to lead Kansas State (17-6, 8-4), including 13 straight points late in the second half. She added 12 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season.
Trailing 59-53 with under 5 minutes remaining, Kansas State made one last charge. Wecker scored four quick points and Laurie Koehn drained a heavily contested 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 60-59 lead with 2:11 to go.
But Nina Norman answered with a field goal and her two free throws in the final 1:09 gave the Longhorns a 63-60 lead.
After a missed free throw, the Wildcats got the ball back with 17 seconds to go. But Brie Madden couldn’t handle Kimberly Dietz’s pass in the post, and Kansas State never got off a game-tying attempt. Carey’s free throw with less than five seconds remaining clinched it.
Norman finished with 10 points, four of them in the final 2 minutes.
Four early 3-pointers by Carey helped Texas jump out to a 19-12 lead, but Kansas State answered with a 10-2 run of its own.
Megan Mahoney kicked it off with a pair of free throws, and her nifty feed to Claire Coggins on the break kept it rolling. Back-to-back baskets by Wecker gave the Wildcats a 22-21 lead, their first since the game’s opening minute.
After Texas edged back ahead on a 3-pointer by Heather Schreiber, Wecker knocked down an 18-foot jumper as time expired to knot the game at 26 at halftime.
Carey finished with six 3-pointers, the fourth time this season she’s hit five or more in a game.
The Wildcats had won four out of the last five meetings, and tied the Longhorns for the regular-season title last season.