For the second consecutive game, Kansas needed a 3-pointer to force overtime. Each time, the Jayhawks have had an Angel on their shoulder.
Senior point guard Angel Goodrich, known more for her assists, hit a 3-pointer against Iowa State and the Jayhawks won in extra time. Saturday at Manhattan, Kansas again needed a 3-pointer and Goodrich again delivered and the Jayhawks needed double overtime to win, 89-80.
"The game is basically won with 20 seconds left and they've scored on you all day long on the inside and we give up a 3 - the only shot that can beat you," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. "I just have no answer for that. It's a mystery to me why we wouldn't guard the perimeter after giving up the inside the entire game, but that's what we did."
It was the Jayhawks' first victory in Manhattan in 12 years and gave Kansas its first sweep of the Wildcats since the 2000-01 season.
"That's what rivalry games are supposed to look like, right?" Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Records don't matter. None of it matters other than how you play.
"This was a big, big, big win for us."
It's not all that surprising that Kansas has won twice in overtime. During Henrickson's tenure, the Jayhawks are 13-3 in overtime games.
Kansas State is down to just seven scholarship players and is lacking height. Kansas took advantage as post players Carolyn Davis and Chelsea Gardner combined to score 48 points. In the two overtimes, they scored 17 of KU's 29 points.
Ironically, it was just over a year ago that Davis had her season end in Bramlage Coliseum when she suffered a season-ending knee injury. Kansas travelled to Manhattan Friday night for a shoot around at Bramlage so that Davis could exorcise any bad memories.
"We didn't feel we were maximizing our advantage," Henrickson said. "So, at the start of the second half, we put both of them on the low block and said, 'Just throw it to those guys, and let 'em go to work."
And for the last two games, Kansas has been working overtime. And winning.
Kansas sophomore guard Natalie Knight will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee in Wednesday's 78-75 come-from-behind overtime victory over Iowa State. Knight was averaging 8.3 points a game and was second on the Jayhawks in assists and steals.
Brittney Griner had a career-high seven assists against Oklahoma State Saturday. Over her last seven games, Griner has averaged 27.8 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots per game and shooting 61.3 percent from the field.
The last three games Iowa State has played at Kansas over the last three seasons have all been overtime victories for the Jayhawks.
Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg will never catch Brittney Griner, but she has seven blocked shots in her last eight games. In her 82 career games prior, she totaled only three blocked shots.
Jess Harlee had 12 points for West Virginia to help the Mountaineers' reserves to score a total of 40 points against Oklahoma - the most bench points WVU has scored in Big 12 play.
In its last two games, Oklahoma has experienced notable swings on the scoreboard. Wednesday night against TCU, the Sooners trailed 11-0 before outscoring the Horned Frogs 54-20 through the 12:48 mark of the second half. Sunday at West Virginia, Oklahoma had an 11-point lead but lost by 19.
Oklahoma State forced 20 turnovers had had 22 offensive rebounds against Baylor. That allowed the Cowgirls to take 22 more shots but they shot just 31.6 percent. "We missed point-blank shots right at the rim," Cowgirls coach Jim Littell said. "If you're going to compete against these people, you not only gotta hit open shots, you gotta hit some tough shots. You darn sure gotta hit the point-blank shots against them."
TCU lost to Texas Saturday, 61-56. The Horned Frogs are 7-13 overall and 0-9 in Big 12 play. TCU has had six losses - five in league play - decided by eight or fewer points.
Baylor defeated Oklahoma State by 19 points and have defeated nine Big 12 teams by the average margin of 25 points. However, coach Kim Mulkey wasn't happy with some statistics:
"I can't look at final score and go, `Wow, we won another one by 20.' You know, I've got to coach. You're not going to win many games having 20 turnovers. You're not going to win many basketball games when you have them getting 22 offensive boards. If you're going to be the No. 1 team in the country, then you need to play like it. I just didn't think that we played like it tonight."
Oklahoma State guard Tiffany Bias on the Cowgirls' first-half of the Big 12 schedule:
"We saw glimpses of a team that we could be and that we should be. And I saw a team where we didn't finish as we should have. We expect a lot more of ourselves, so the games that we should have lost or let up the lead, that just shows a lot of learning experiences ... But for the second half of the season, I think we'll look back on that and we'll make it better."