Wildcats Stay Unbeaten at Home with Win over KU

Taelor Karr

Jan. 29, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Taelor Karr tied a career high in points with 19, which included four clutch free throws in the last minute of the game, to lead Kansas State to a 65-60 victory over rival Kansas in Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown, presented by Dillons, at Bramlage Coliseum.

With the win, K-State improved to 15-5 (5-2 in Big 12 play), while KU fell to 14-7 overall (1-6 in Big 12 play). The Wildcats moved to 11-0 at home this season with the win and also picked up their 10th straight over the Jayhawks at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats had to wait almost three minutes into the game before scoring their first bucket but at the 17:10 mark, freshman Chantay Caron, starting for the ninth consecutive time this season, drained a three-pointer to ignite a 12-4 K-State run that lasted nearly four minutes.

Kansas regained its composure and matched K-State’s scoring run with one of its own, going on an 11-3 tear. In that three-minute span, the Jayhawks connected on two of their three first-half three-pointers.

K-State ended the first half on a 14-6 scoring blitz, which produced the Wildcats’ largest lead of the game at 12 points, 34-22.

Kansas State used stifling defense in the first 20 minutes as it forced KU into eight first half turnovers, while holding the Jayhawks to just 42-percent from the floor.

Karr and junior Jalana Childs led K-State with eight points each, at the break. The Wildcats went into the locker room leading 34-26.

In keeping with the game trend, KU opened the second half on a 10-2 run. The Jayhawks cut the Wildcat deficit to one at 41-40 with 12:38 remaining but that did not last long. With 12:16 left in the game, Branshea Brown gathered an offensive rebound off a missed free-throw and kicked the ball out to Brittany Chambers, who buried a three-pointer from base line to put her team ahead for good at 44-40.

After trading buckets for most of the second half, K-State used clutch free-throw shooting to ice the game. The Wildcats went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe in the final minutes of the game.

Childs was one of three K-Staters in double-figures, as she finished with 18. Sophomore Mariah White added 10, while Branshea Brown led the Wildcats with 10 rebounds. The game marked the 11th time this season that at least three players scored in double figures.

Following a week off, the Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Missouri. K-State will square off against the Tigers in Columbia at 2 p.m. The contest will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com