Wildcats Survive Upset Bid from Cowgirls

Jalana Childs scored 22 points on Wednesday night to pace the Wildcats.

Feb. 22, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Mariah White broke open a tie game with under a minute to play and Jalana Childs scored a game-high 22 points, as K-State defeated Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, 53-50, in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats are now 18-9 overall and assured themselves of at least a .500 record in Big 12 action with a 9-6 mark.

Childs tallied her game-high 22 on 11-of-20 shooting from the field. The product of Orlando, Fla., recorded 18 points in the first half, as the Wildcats struggled to find their offensive rhythm. This was the seventh time this season and the 11th time in her career Childs has scored 20 or more points in a game.

Joining Childs in double figures were Branshea Brown and Brittany Chambers with 10 points apiece. In addition to her 10 points, Chambers added a team-high eight rebounds and dished out four assists.

Oklahoma State (13-11, 5-10) was led by freshman Liz Donohoe with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Also registering double figures was Tiffany Bias with 10 points, six boards and four assists.

The Cowgirls were the aggressors early in the second half, building upon their one-point halftime lead to 32-26 with 15:48 to play. K-State cut the Oklahoma State to two, 36-34, as Brown connected on a three jumpers. The Wildcats completed the comeback, as Chambers found White in the corner for K-State’s first 3-point field goal of the night with 9:12 remaining to take a 37-36 lead.

After the Cowgirls tied the contest at 42, another Brown jumper and a Chambers’ three-point field goal staked K-State to a five-point lead, 47-42, with 3:35 remaining. A Kendra Suttles basket followed by a Lindsey Keller three-point field goal with 1:12 to play tied the game at 47.

On K-State’s ensuing possession, the Wildcats got the ball to Childs in the low post and was able to spin baseline. With her path to the rim cut off, Childs found White on the wing who connected on her second 3-pointer of the night with 49 seconds remaining. White finished with a game-high seven assists while also pulling in seven rebounds.

K-State shot 42.6 percent from the field and registered 14 assists on the night.

Kansas State will embark on a two-game road trip beginning on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Columbia, Mo., to face Missouri. Game time is set for 12 p.m., with audio available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.