Cats v Marquette in WNIT Championship

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State picked the right time to win its first overtime game of the season. Claire Coggins scored a team-high 16 points to lead the Wildcats to their first-ever Women's National Invitation Tournament championship game with a 57-56 overtime victory over Western Kentucky Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State (23-10) will host Marquette (22-10) in the title tilt on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. (CT) in Bramlage Coliseum. Marquette advanced to the finals after defeating Pittsburgh, 77-64, on Monday night.

JoAnn Hamlin turned in her second double-digit game with 15 on the night. She made 7-of-11 field goals in 35 minutes of play against the Lady Toppers.

K-State, 0-for-4 in overtime games prior to postseason play, overcame a halftime deficit and outscored the Lady Toppers, 4-3, in the extra period to secure the win. Western Kentucky (27-7) had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but opted to drive to the basket instead of attempting a game-tying three-pointer.

The Wildcats shot 41.1 percent for the game, while WKU turned over the ball an opponent season-high 28 times. Crystal Kelly led the Lady Toppers with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds.

Coggins' 16 points gave her a ninth-consecutive double-figure scoring game and gave her a 24th double-figure mark on the season. Shalee Lehning led the Wildcats with a game-high 10 rebounds.

For the third-straight contest, the Wildcats posted the largest crowd of the 2006 Postseason WNIT field with a tournament-high 7,538 fans in attendance.

Tickets for the WNIT championship game may be purchased in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum and by calling 1-800-221-CATS or ordering online at: www.k-statesports.com.


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