Purdue slips past Kansas State
Rayburn went for 21 points and Mingo added 16
STORRS, Conn. -- Brittany Rayburn scored 21 points and ninth-seeded Purdue moved into the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 53-45 win against Kansas State on Sunday.
Drey Mingo, who overcame a life-threatening bout with meningitis earlier this season, added 16 points for the Boilermakers (21-11), who advance to play the tournament's top seed, Connecticut, on Tuesday.
Brittany Chambers scored 18 points for Kansas State (21-11), which missed its first 12 shots. Taelor Karr added 16 points for the Wildcats.
Rayburn scored six points in a 9-0 run that broke a 36-all tie, capping it with a long 3-pointer that gave the Boilermakers a 45-36 lead with just over 5 minutes to play.
Chambers' long 3-pointer with 2:10 left pulled Kansas State to within 46-45.
But Courtney Moses hit a layup and foul shot that made it 48-45. After two Kansas State airballs, the Wildcats were forced to foul, and Purdue made its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Boilermakers held Kansas State to 30 percent shooting, and the Wildcats hit just six of their 23 3-point attempts.
Kansas State trailed well into the second half, taking its first lead at 29-27 on a putback by Chambers with 13 1/2 minutes left.
That was part of a 14-2 run that turned a 25-17 halftime deficit into a 31-27 lead. The Boilermakers hit just one on their first 11 shots in the second half.
Kansas State didn't score for over 7 minutes to open the game, missing six attempts from 3-point range.
Purdue was almost as cold, hitting on just two of its first nine attempts. Karr's layup made it 5-2, and the Wildcats trailed just 7-5 midway through the first half.
Mingo was hospitalized in November with bacterial meningitis and given a 50 percent chance of survival. Just 16 days later, she returned to the court, and she has been averaging over 11 points a game for Purdue, shooting 51 percent from the floor. She hit six of her nine shots Sunday and added seven rebounds.
Neither team started a senior. The Boilermakers missed the NCAAs last season, ending a 16-year run of playing in the tournament. They had their first losing season in a quarter-century, but rebounded to finish seventh in the Big Ten this season.
Like Purdue, the Wildcats missed the tournament last season. Kansas State made a late run in the Big 12, winning three in a row including an upset of Texas A&M, to get back to the NCAAs.