Chambers, Childs Lead Cats to 800-Win Club

Brittany Chambers

Feb. 19, 2011

Final Stats

LINCOLN, Neb. – Brittany Chambers scored a career-high 32 points, which included six made three-pointers, as Kansas State became just the 13th program in women’s basketball history to record 800 wins following a thrilling 69-64 victory over Nebraska Saturday night at the Devaney Center.

Jalana Childs added 22 points for the Wildcats (18-7, 8-4), including two key free throws with six seconds left to ice the game and make it a two-possession contest. Chambers was 13-of-18 from the field against the Huskers and became the 19th player in school history to score 30-plus points in a game.

The Wildcats became just the second Big 12 Conference women’s basketball program to reach the 800-win plateau, joining the Texas Longhorns, and the second in the nation to do so this year after Long Beach State picked up its 800th victory last week.

With the game tied at 50 midway through the second half, both teams would trade baskets in what proved to be an exciting, back-and-forth affair. K-State would lean on Chambers and Childs down the stretch as the duo combined for 25 of K-State’s final 27 points in the game to lead the Cats to the win.

Childs put K-State ahead, 62-61, with 3:54 left before Chambers added a bucket at the 1:48 mark to up the lead to three. Childs then banked in a three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 50 seconds left to give the Cats a 67-61 advantage. Following a Nebraska three-pointer, Childs grabbed an offensive rebound from a Chambers missed free throw and was fouled – she then hit both of her attempts from the line to seal the victory.

After trailing by a pair at the half, Kansas State came out firing in the opening four minutes of the second half as Chambers registered two connections from deep followed by a Kelsey Hill three-point field goal to give K-State a 42-41 lead with 15:27 to play.

K-State built a five-point lead, 48-43, with 12:52 to play, but a Lindsey Moore three-point play brought Nebraska to within two, 48-46, with 11:57 remaining. A fast break layup by Chambers boosted the K-State advantage to 50-47 with 10:45 remaining, but Katya Leick knocked down her third three-point field goal of the contest to tie the score at 50 with 10:15 play before Chambers and Childs took over.

Jordan Hooper scored 20 points to lead the Huskers (12-14, 2-10).

Kansas State faced an early seven-point deficit in the opening half, as the Wildcats were just 3-of-11 from the field in the first eight minutes. Nebraska was able to improve its lead to 10 on a Leick three-point field goal with 10:03 to play and force a Wildcat timeout.

Chambers cut into the Husker lead with five points on back-to-back trips and brought K-State to within five at 18-13 with 7:57 remaining. An off-balance three-point field goal by Leick just before the shot clock expired gave Nebraska a 21-13 lead, but a three from Taelor Karr followed by a three from Hill brought K-State to within two, 21-19, with 4:11 to play.

Following a Hooper three, Chambers answered with her fourth connection from beyond the arc to bring K-State to within two again, 24-22, with 3:40 remaining. Kansas State evened the contest at 29 with 1:26 to play, as Childs rattled off five straight points, but a pair of free throws by Moore with under a minute to play gave the Huskers a 31-29 halftime lead.

The Wildcats were led by Chambers in the opening stanza with 14 points including a 4-of-5 performance from beyond the arc, while Childs added seven. Chambers has now scored in double figures in 20 games this season and 42 contests in her career. She has registered four or more made 3-point field goals in a game in 12 career games, including eight this season.

Kansas State will conclude its two-game road trip on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to face top-ranked Baylor at 7 p.m. Live audio of the matchup can be found on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.