Cats Put Up Fight at No. 6 Huskers but Fall, 71-56

LINCOLN, Neb. - Despite cutting a 22-point first-half deficit down to just four before halftime, Kansas State was unable to break through against No. 6 Nebraska as the Cornhuskers battled their way to a 71-56 win Saturday before a record crowd of 13,303 at the Devaney Center.

With the loss, Kansas State dropped to 10-9 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska remained unblemished at 17-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.

Brittany Chambers led the Wildcats with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Ashley Sweat poured in 13 points. Jalana Childs also had nine points and six rebounds for K-State. Kelsey Griffin led a group of four Huskers in double figures with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Yvonne Turner also had 20 points.

Down 35-13 with 5:51 left before halftime, K-State was able to trim a 22-point first-half Nebraska lead down to four at 38-34 following a Kari Kincaid layup. But, Yvonne Turner's three-pointer at the buzzer shifted the momentum back to the Huskers as they took a 41-34 lead into the half. The Wildcats used a 21-6 run late in the half to cut into the lead, highlighted by four 3-point field goals over the final six minutes.

Using the momentum of Turner's buzzer-beating fifth three-pointer of the first half, Nebraska used an 11-4 run to start the second half to build a 52-41 lead with 14:51 to play in the game. K-State would only get within 10 points once more in the contest at 54-44 as the Huskers took control of the contest.

K-State shot 41.7 percent from the field in the game, including a .542 mark in the first half, while Nebraska hit on 47.3 percent of its field goals. The rebounding margin slightly favored the Huskers Saturday as they recorded 28 to K-State's 23.

Early in the contest, Nebraska used a 17-4 run following the first media timeout to break open a tie game and hold a 22-9 lead with 10:53 in the half. The margin grew to as many as 22 until the Wildcats staged their ferocious comeback to make it a game at 38-34.

Following a break in the schedule, Kansas State will return to Manhattan to host Iowa State on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. For ticket information, please visit www.kstatesports.com or contact the K-State athletics ticket office at (800) 221-CATS.

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