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Wildcats ride late surge to victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Twiggy McIntyre scored a career-high 19
points and No. 17 Kansas State hung on to beat Texas 72-69
Thursday night in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

The Wildcats trailed 65-58 with 4:02 to go before McIntyre
scored on a layup and then made a 3-pointer to get Kansas State
within two.

After Texas' Annissa Hastings made two free throws, Kendra
Wecker scored for the Wildcats and Megan Mahoney made a 15-footer
as the shot-clock expired to tie the score at 67-all. Texas (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP) then
committed a shot-clock violation and Wecker hit a turnaround jumper
to give Kansas State its first lead of the game.

McIntyre added two free throws to extend the Wildcats' lead to
71-67 with 26.9 seconds to go. Tiffany Jackson scored on a post
move, and Kansas State's Laurie Koehn made one of two foul shots
for the winning margin.

Daria Mieloszynska and Jamie Carey missed potential game-tying
3s in the final seconds.

Kansas State (23-6) will face top-seeded and sixth-ranked Baylor
in Saturday's championship game. Baylor defeated No. 14 Texas Tech
58-57 in the other semifinal.

Wecker finished with 17 points for the Wildcats, who outscored
Texas 14-4 over the final 4 minutes. Brie Madden added 14 points
and Mahoney had 11.

Jackson had 24 points and nine rebounds for Texas (21-8), which
has never beaten Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament. Carey hit
four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.

The Longhorns opened the game with a 17-0 run. Kansas State
missed its first nine shots and committed six turnovers as Texas
moved to the early lead.

Wecker finally got the Wildcats on the scoreboard with 14:16 to
go in the half, and Kansas State began to whittle away at its
deficit. McIntyre drained a deep 3-pointer with 1:33 to go in the
half, getting Kansas State within 34-27.

Kansas State got within 40-34 with 15:25 to play when Wecker
scored in the post and converted the three-point play, but Texas
countered with an 11-2 run for a 51-36 lead with 12 minutes left.