Wildcats Stumble Against Mountaineers

Brittany Chambers carded a game-high 20 points on Saturday.

Jan. 12, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Brittany Chambers posted her 25th career game with 20 points on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough as K-State fell to West Virginia, 66-52 at Bramlage Coliseum. Chambers moved up to sixth in career scoring at K-State during the game, which marked the first meeting in the series between the schools.

The Wildcats (10-6, 1-3 Big 12) held the lead through most of the contest but the Mountaineers (10-5, 2-2) chipped away at the lead down the stretch of the first half and then grabbed the lead for good at 40-39 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. From there, it was all West Virginia as the new members of the Big 12 used double-digit scoring efforts from Christal Caldwell and Ayana Dunning to claim the road win.

Caldwell tallied 19 points and was 7-of-19 shooting, including a perfect 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. Dunning posted 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Caldwell also was aggressive on the glass for the Mountaineers pulling down nine rebounds to lead the way.

In addition to her 20 points, Chambers led K-State in rebounding with six boards and dished out a game-high five assists. With her six rebounds, Chambers moved into 11th on the K-State career list with 702.

Joining Chambers in double figures were freshman Bri Craig and sophomore Haley Texada. Craig reached double digits in scoring for the third straight game with 12 points, while Texada added 10.

The Wildcats were out-rebounded by a large margin 41-26, which resulted in 15 second chance points for the Mountaineers and 11 on the break. K-State was able to muster up only five second chance points and four fast break points.

Both teams played strong defense forcing a number of turnovers, but the rebounding and West Virginia’s 13-of-15 at the free-throw proved to be the difference in the game.

K-State will stay at home for the Wildcats’ next contest when they will welcome No. 1 Baylor to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday with a 7 p.m., tip. The game can be available on FOX Sports Midwest and is also available on the K-State Sports Network.

Fans can take in Wednesday’s game in person as part of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack.” For just $30, fans will receive four general admission tickets and four concession vouchers valid for a hot dog, chips and a drink. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS, visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum.