Chambers' 35 Leads Cats to Big Win over No. 5 Aggies

Brittany Chambers

March 2, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Brittany Chambers scored a career-high 35 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Kansas State to a 71-67 win over No. 5 Texas A&M Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum and its best win at home in nearly 30 years.

With the win, the Wildcats moved to 19-9 on the season and 9-6 in conference play and knocked off their fourth top-five opponent in school history, including its second at home. The fifth-ranked Aggies were also the highest-ranked opponent a K-State team had defeated at home since a win over No. 2 Old Dominion in 1982. Texas A&M fell to 24-4 overall and 12-3 in Big 12 play with the loss.

Chambers made all the clutch plays down the stretch as the Wildcats took a big step toward the No. 4 seed and a bye in the upcoming Big 12 tournament. Chambers eclipsed her season high of 32 against Nebraska on Feb. 19 and had the best scoring output by a Wildcat since 2000 when Nicole Ohlde had 36 against Wyoming.

The Wildcats came out strong from 3-point range while bursting to a 20-5 lead with 12:24 left in the first half. During that span, Kansas State was 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Texas A&M's man-to-man defense seemed to dare the Wildcats to fire away from the deep perimeter and Kansas State was happy to oblige.

Almost all of that early offense came from Chambers and Taelor Karr. The duo combined for 19 of the Wildcats' first 20 points. Karr went on to finish the game with 14 points.

Texas A&M steadied itself as Adams began to pick it up following a slow start offensively. But the Aggies still trailed 34-23 before the closing the half with a 7-0 run over the final 1:42. A putback by Adams resulted in a three-point play before Sydney Carter's fastbreak layup.

The Aggies managed to get Adams posted deep for a power move that brought Texas A&M within 34-30 at the break.

The Wildcats were 7-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half after entering the game shooting 32 percent from long range. Chambers had four 3s in the half and her third of the game gave her a season total of 77, the most ever for a Kansas State sophomore. She now has 81 on the season.

The Aggies took a 53-51 lead on Tyra White's jumper with 5:51 remaining. But the Wildcats got a transition layup from Karr and a three from Chambers to move back ahead two minutes later.

Branshea Brown added 10 points, including several clutch free throws down the stretch, as K-State is now 11-4 this season when three or more players score in double figures.

Kansas State closes out the regular season Saturday at Kansas with a 6:30 p.m. Sunflower Showdown, presented by Dillons, matchup.