Childs Powers Cats to Win over Missouri

Alina Voronenko

Jan. 19, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jalana Childs scored a career high 21 points and Kansas State was able to withstand a 33-point outburst from Missouri’s RaeShara Brown as the Wildcats hung on for a hard-fought 66-63 victory over the Tigers Wednesday evening at Bramlage Coliseum.

Childs, who tallied her first career 20-point game, was 7-of-10 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 aim in the second half, while she was 7-of-8 from the free throw line on the evening.

The Wildcats (12-5, 2-2) also received double-digit scoring efforts from Alina Voronenko, who scored 11 points, while Taelor Karr added 10 on 3-of-6 shooting. K-State is now 7-2 when three or more players reach double figures in scoring.

Brown, who jump-started her game by hitting her first five field goals, collected the highest individual point total in the Big 12 this season.

Only three other Tigers scored in the game on 11-of-32 shooting, as Shakara Jones registered 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Christine Flores added 11 and Jasmyn Otote had six.

In a game that featured eight ties and seven lead changes, the Tigers (9-9, 1-3) held a 46-45 advantage with 8:34 left in the contest, but K-State went on an 11-1 run over a 6:24 span to jump out to a 56-47 lead.

The scoring run was helped by a stifling K-State defense that shut Missouri out from the field for nearly nine minutes as MU missed eight straight shots.

The Tigers began to battle back in the final two minutes of the game, cutting the nine-point Wildcat lead to five with 23 seconds left. But the lead was too much to overcome as K-State hit nine free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

K-State took a three-point lead into the locker room, thanks to a 13-4 run over the final four-plus minutes of the opening frame. But it wasn’t easy as Missouri jumped out to an early lead behind Brown, who tallied 18 first-half points.

The Wildcats were able to battle back into the first half despite only shooting 2-for-13 from beyond the three point arc, which included eight-straight misfires to start the game. After trailing by as many as seven in the first five minutes, K-State stayed in the game by going 7-of-8 from the free throw line, with Childs leading the way with a 5-for-6 mark on her way to 11 first-half points.

As a team, the Tigers shot 45.1-percent for the game, while the Wildcats shot 43.8. K-State out-rebounded Missouri 37-25 to lead on the boards for the ninth time this season. The Wildcats also hit a season-high 21 free throws in 29 attempts.

Brittany Chambers struggled from the field, only hitting one of her 10 shot attempts and ended the game with two points. But the sophomore made up for it with a great effort on the glass, pulling down 10 rebounds for her third double-digit rebounding effort this season.

The next action for K-State is on Saturday when the Wildcats host Nebraska in a nationally-televised game on FSN beginning 1 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. The game also be heard across the K-State Sports Network.