White Leads Wildcats Over Tigers

Mariah White was a career-best 5-of-7 from beyond the arc on Wednesday night.

Jan. 11, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – A career-night by Mariah White sparked Kansas State to its first 3-0 league start since the 2007-08 season, as K-State defeated Missouri 72-46 on Wednesday in Bramlage Coliseum.

White led the Wildcats with a career-high 23 points surpassing her previous career best of 17 against St. John’s last season. The guard shot a sizzling 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. White had made just four 3-pointers her entire career entering Wednesday’s contest with the Tigers. She also helped create points for her teammates with eight assists.

K-State (12-3, 3-0 Big 12) also saw JuliAnne Chisholm increase her role on the team against Missouri (10-4, 0-3) as she posted a career-high 10 points and made the Tigers pay for leaving her room on the perimeter as she shot 2-of-2 from long range. Brittany Chambers also reached double digits with 14 points on the night hitting four 3-pointers.

Missouri (10-4, 0-3) struggled on offense shooting just 36.2 percent (17-of-47) as a team. Three Tigers did reach double digits led by forward Christine Flores with 13. BreAnna Brock and Sydney Crafton each added 11 points for Missouri, but the Tigers turned the ball over too much against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats were able to score in transition as they converted 18 Missouri turnovers into 24 K-State points including eight fast break points. Missouri on the other hand only tallied two points off of seven K-State turnovers. The Wildcats never trailed in the game, and the score was tied only once.

Kansas State jumped out to an early 17-6 lead, as White and Chambers recorded consecutive three-pointers to cap a 15-4vrun. Missouri cut the deficit to four, 22-18, with an 8-2 run capped by a Flores layup with 8:03 to play forcing a K-State timeout. Out of the timeout, White hit her third 3-point field goal of the half to boost the K-State advantage back to seven, 25-18.

The Wildcats were able to close out the first half on a 15-6 run, as Chambers tallied eight points to close out the stanza. Chambers registered 14 points, while White added 13. K-State was 15-of-34 from the field in the first half, including 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats forced the Tigers into 10 turnovers which included three steals.

K-State continued its run into the second half, as the Wildcats jumped to a 52-30 advantage with a 15-6 run with 13:05 to play. White sparked the charge with her fourth 3-pointer and a layup.

Kansas State returns to the road this weekend, as the Wildcats visit No. 10/14 Texas Tech on Saturday. Game time in Lubbock is set for 2 p.m. The game will be available on K-StateHD.TV, ESPN3.com and on the K-State Sports Network.