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Big 12 Women: Wildcats claim 13th straight win

Wecker scores 27 in 71-69 win over Texas

January 26, 2003

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— Kendra Wecker made sure her day wasn't spoiled.

The Kansas State forward missed her first two shots Saturday on "Kendra Wecker Day" in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,340 at Bramlage Coliseum. Then, she had trouble missing, scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to lead the No. 3 Wildcats past No. 17 Texas, 71-69.

"I took a couple of quick three-pointers that I probably shouldn't have," Wecker said. "I felt pretty good after that. My teammates probably got mad, but I kept shooting."

Megan Mahoney's free throw with 3.1 seconds left secured Kansas State's 13th consecutive win overall and fourth straight against Texas.

KSU (18-1, 5-0 Big 12) led by four with 18.5 seconds left, but Texas' Jamie Carey made three free throws to make it 70-69.

Mahoney was fouled and hit the second of two foul shots, and Kala Bowers couldn't get a final shot off as Kansas State won and took sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

"I thought our team stepped up in an exceptional manner down the stretch," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. "I'm really proud of the intensity and the focus late in the game when every possession mattered."

Nicole Ohlde added 19 points for the Wildcats, who are off to the best start in school history.

Stacey Stephens scored 17 points, and Heather Schreiber had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Texas (12-5, 5-1).

"When we were struggling in our offense, it was great to have that go-to player," Mahoney said. "Ohlde does that, and Kendra does that. It was a very close game. We had to stay strong."

Carey had 14 points and Bowers had 13 for Texas, which led 34-33 at halftime.

Iowa State 58, Nebraska 53

Lincoln, Neb. -- Anne O'Neil and Lindsey Wilson each scored 14 points to lead Iowa State. Mary Cofield added 11 points for the Cyclones (7-9, 2-3), who broke away from a 26-26 tie at halftime. Nebraska (7-9, 0-5) lost for the seventh straight time overall and the 10th straight time in Big 12 play. Alexa Johnson and Margaret Richards each scored 15 points for the Huskers. Richards added a team-high eight rebounds. Lisa Kriener scored eight points for ISU and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the Cyclones outrebounded Nebraska 42-33.

Missouri 87, OSU 65

Columbia, Mo. -- Evan Unrau scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Missouri. Unrau, who had her seventh double-double of the season, also made 5-of-5 free throws and her only three-point attempt. Kerensa Barr and Stretch James each added 15 points for Missouri, and Melanie Fisher scored 14. Oklahoma State (5-12, 1-5) shot 36 percent in the game, but Missouri outrebounded the Cowboys 42-27. Missouri (9-7, 3-2 Big 12) also made 18 of 22 free throws. Trisha Skibbe led Oklahoma State with 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting, and Thia Willis added 13.

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