Cats Drop Road Contest at No. 3 Baylor

Jalana Childs

Feb. 23, 2011

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WACO, Texas – Jalana Childs led Kansas State with 22 points but Brittney Griner paced third-ranked Baylor with 26 points as the Lady Bears rebounded from their first conference loss last week with a 75-48 win Wednesday night.

K-State, now 18-8 overall and 8-5 in Big 12 play, remains in fourth place in the Big 12 standings, while Baylor improved to 25-2 and 12-1 to stay atop the league.

Baylor shot 54-percent as a team on Wednesday night, including an 11-for-20 effort from Griner as the sophomore scored 21 of her 26 points in the first half to put the game out of reach. K-State got another solid performance from Childs and Brittany Chambers as Chambers pitched in 15 points to go along with Childs’ 22.

The Wildcats were out-rebounded, 38-21, on the night and also committed 18 turnovers.

Baylor raced out to an early 10-point advantage, 14-4, in the first half as the Lady Bears received seven points from Griner during the run. After the Lady Bears built a 22-6 lead, a pair of Chambers’ three-point field goals brought K-State to within 10, 22-12, and forced a Baylor timeout.

The Lady Bears were able to build an 18-point lead, 41-23, on the back of Griner as she scored 12 of their final 19 points to close out the first half. The Wildcats were led in the opening stanza by Childs with 10 points, while Chambers chipped in with nine on 3-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Baylor shot 58.6 percent from the field, while K-State shot 33.3 percent.

With her nine points in the opening half, Chambers became the first sophomore since the 2002-03 season to score 400 or more points. She also became just the third sophomore in school history to make 70 or more three-point field goals in a season.

Baylor used a 15-3 run to open the second half and put the game away, including four points from Jordan Madden, to push the lead to 56-26 with 11:59 remaining.

Kansas State returns home to host Iowa State on Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s contest will mark the Wildcats’ participation in the WBCA “Pink Zone” initiative, as K-State will wear pink uniforms for the third straight season. The first 4,000 fans will receive a free K-State “Pink Zone” t-shirt and K-State will offer pink concession items throughout the night.

Also in a pregame ceremony, the women’s basketball team will be recognized with a game ball and commemorative plaque for becoming the 13th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to join the 800-win club.

To purchase tickets for Saturday evening’s contest, please contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com. Saturday’s contest is part of a “Wildcat Weekend,” as fans can show their men’s basketball ticket from the Missouri game and receive a general admission ticket for just $3.