Wildcats Move to 2-0 in Big 12 Play

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Kansas State's three-point shooting broke open a tight contest in the second half as the Wildcats raced to their sixth straight win with a 65-50 victory at Missouri on Wednesday.

With the win, K-State improved to 10-6 overall and 2-0 in league play, while Missouri fell to 10-5 and 0-2. Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson also captured her 275th career victory on Wednesday night with the win.

A pair of freshmen led the Wildcats against Missouri as Brittany Chambers tallied 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Taelor Karr pitched in 15 on 6-of-12 shooting. Ashley Sweat rounded out the three Wildcats who scored in double figures with 13 points, while the trio also combined to go 7-of-9 from three-point range on the night.

With Missouri holding on to a tight lead at the half, K-State emerged from the break as the more aggressive team, scoring seven of the first 11 points in the second half to tie the game at 32.

Following a layup from Missouri's Jessra Johnson, Chambers converted a three-point play to give K-State a 35-34 lead with 15:03 remaining. With the game tied at 38, K-State took control of the contest by going on a 27-7 run during the next 12 minutes to take a 20-point lead, its largest of the game, at 65-45. Chambers tallied eight points during the decisive run, while Sweat added seven points and Kincaid chipped in six.

K-State shot 55-percent from the floor in the contest, including a 10-for-16 mark from three-point range, while Missouri was held to 47.6-percent for the game and surrendered 17 turnovers. The Wildcats caught fire in the second half, hitting on 66.7-percent of its shots (16-of-24).

Consecutive field goals early in the game from Karr gave K-State a 7-6 lead with 13:34 to play in the first half. Missouri answered with five straight points, including a three-pointer from Toy Richbow, to take an 11-7 lead with 11:29 to play.

After Missouri extended its lead to 21-12, Karr answered with a three-pointer and was followed by a Sweat layup to bring the Wildcats to 21-17 and forcing a Tigers' timeout.

Missouri held off the Wildcats for the remainder of the half, answering a Branshea Brown layup with a jumper at the halftime buzzer by RaeShara Brown for a 28-25 Tigers lead. Karr led the Wildcats with 10 points in the opening stanza.

Kansas State continues its two-game road trip on Saturday at No. 15/19 Oklahoma State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The contest can be heard live on the K-State Sports Network, as Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and Kristin Waller provides the color analysis.