LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Ashleigh Fontenette scored eight of her 20 points in the two overtime periods, including a clutch 3-pointer, to help Texas (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) beat Kansas 85-82 on Saturday.
After LaChelda Jacobs made 1 of 2 free throws with 10 seconds left in the first overtime, Fontenette hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to tie the game at 77 and force a second extra period.From there, Texas managed to build an early lead and held off a Kansas comeback. Jacobs' missed a possible game-tying 3-pointer as time expired.Cokie Reed added 20 points for Texas (18-6, 7-3 Big 12) and Earnesia Williams and Kathleen Nash each chipped in 11, propelling the Longhorns to their fifth consecutive victory.Carolyn Davis led Kansas (14-9, 4-6) with a career-high 29 points and Monica Engelman added 22.Playing their third game without injured leading scorer Danielle McCray, the Jayhawks didn't show any negative effects from missing their best player. In the absence of McCray, Kansas has turned to freshmen Engelman and Davis.And that duo carried the Jayhawks once again, combining for 51 of Kansas' 82 points.The problem is that Kansas couldn't generate enough defensive stops down the stretch as Texas clung to a slim lead. The Jayhawks trailed the final 10 minutes of regulation before evening the score in the final seconds.Fontenette missed the front end of a one-and-one with 34 seconds left, allowing the Jayhawks to trail by only one possession. On Kansas' next possession, Engelman buried an uncontested 3-pointer with 13.5 seconds left to tie the game.Texas countered with two good looks in the final seconds -- one by Fontenette and one by Williams -- but both missed, sending the game to overtime.Kansas held a six-point lead in the first overtime with 1:15 left, but Texas continued to cut into that deficit before Fontenette's 3-pointer sent the game into a second overtime.