Wildcats Win in Boulder, 72-59

Brittany Chambers

Jan. 26, 2011

Final Stats

BOULDER, Colo. – Brittany Chambers led a group of four Wildcats in double figures with 20 points as Kansas State became just the 11th Division I women’s basketball program in NCAA history to reach 796 wins following its 72-59 victory over Colorado Wednesday night at Coors Event Center.

Jalana Childs added 17 points, while Taelor Karr had 13 and Kelsey Hill 12 for Kansas State, which improved to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 play with the win.

Colorado (11-8, 2-4) cut a 30-23 K-State halftime lead to 37-36 on a Britney Blythe three-pointer with 14:20 remaining in the second half. A jumper by Alina Voronenko put K-State up 39-36, but Blythe’s third 3-point field goal of the half tied the game at 39 with 13:30 remaining. A layup by Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery then gave the Buffaloes their first lead, 41-39, since holding a 3-2 lead in the first half.

A pair of layups by Chambers brought the Wildcats back into a tie at 43 with 10:17 to play before Karr knocked down a three-pointer from the corner with 8:52 remaining to push K-State back into the lead, 47-45. Holding to a 54-50 lead with 4:17 left, K-State scored eight straight points to extend the margin to 12 to all but put the game out of reach. Colorado closed the gap to seven in the final minute, but the Wildcats hit free throws down the stretch to extend the final margin back to double digits.

K-State shot 48 percent in the contest and connected on six three-point field goals. The Wildcats forced Colorado into 17 turnovers, eight of which came via steals, while both teams finished with 33 rebounds.

A 12-0 run pushed the Wildcats in front 17-8 with 9:46 to play in the first half. The run was started on a Karr three and a Mariah White fast break layup which forced the Buffaloes to burn a timeout with 13:37 remaining. Chambers continued the run with an acrobatic layup in the paint and Hill capped it with her second 3-point field goal of the half.

After enduring a 6-2 rally from Colorado to bring the score to 19-14, the Wildcats pushed the advantage back to nine with 6:16 to play on another fast break layup from White and forced the Buffaloes to burn their second timeout.

Brittany Wilson trimmed K-State’s lead to three, 26-23, with a pair of baskets. K-State was able to hold off the run and push its advantage back to seven, 30-23, on a Branshea Brown steal and fastbreak layup with 1:20 remaining.

The Wildcats forced Colorado into 13 first half turnovers including seven steals, which K-State turned into 16 points. For the half, K-State shot 41.9 percent from the field and benefitted from nine second chance points in the stanza.

Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday for the 101st meeting with in-state rival Kansas. The Sunflower Showdown, presented by Dillons, will tip at 2 p.m., and will be broadcast on Cox 22 and Metro Sports. Live audio of the game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.