MANHATTAN — For the second straight game, the Fort Hays State women's basketball team took a Big 12 opponent down to the wire.
After falling in overtime to Kansas last Sunday, Fort Hays led for the majority of the way against Kansas State and was tied with the Wildcats inside the final minute.
But K-State's Peyton Williams scored with 25 seconds left to put the Wildcats up by two, and FHSU's Taylor Rolfs missed a contested shot in the final seconds as the Wildcats eked by the Tigers 48-46 in Thursday night's exhibition in Bramlage Coliseum.
FHSU's Tatyana Legette hit two free throws with 45 seconds to knot the game before Williams' layup gave the Wildcats the lead for good.
Fort Hays led 23-20 at halftime and built a 36-27 lead with 2:36 left in the third quarter. K-State went on a 9-0 run to tie it up with 8:25 left in the game. The Wildcats later grabbed their first lead since the first half on a layup from Williams, making it 39-38 with 6:59 left.
K-State led by seven with three minutes remaining but the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to tie it before Williams' game-winning bucket.
Legette recorded a double-double to lead the Tigers, putting up 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Rachel Ranke led K-State with 12 points while Jasauen Beard added 10.
The game held special significance for FHSU sophomore guard Madison Mittie, daughter of Kansas State head coach Jeff Mittie. Madison played eight minutes, going 1 of 2 from the field for two points against her father's team.
The game also marked the return to Bramlage for K-State transfer Lanie Page. The FHSU junior guard went 1 of 9 from the field with a 3-pointer.
The Tigers shot just 23 percent from the field (15 of 64) while Kansas State went 31 percent from the floor (19 of 64).
FHSU will open the regular season against Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 9 in Gross Memorial Coliseum.