Wildcats Hold off Buffs? Charge

BOULDER, Colo. - Freshman Brittany Chambers posted her first career double-double against Colorado to help Kansas State snap a five-game losing streak besting the Buffaloes 72-70. The win also was the first for the Wildcats on the road since defeating Missouri on January 13.

Chambers scored 13 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds for her double-double. Senior Ashley Sweat contributed 12 points while Jalana Childs scored 13, and Taelor Karr notched 11. Senior Kari Kincaid led all the Wildcats with 15 points shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-5 from long distance as all five starters scored in double digits.

K-State (13-16, 5-10 Big 12) built its largest lead of 10 points at 44-34 with a 13-2 run before the first media timeout of the second half. The scoring run was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Taelor Karr and Kari Kincaid. Colorado (13-15, 3-12) cut the lead to just two points down the stretch but could not overcome the deficit.

With the game winding down, Colorado was forced to foul Chambers with four seconds remaining, and she made both her free throws as the Wildcats combined to shoot an amazing 19-of-20 at the line. That proved to be the difference in the game as Colorado shot 20-of-23 on free throws. Also, K-State won the battle on the glass out-rebounded Colorado 36-22.

The Wildcats trailed by 10 in the early stages of the first half after Colorado opened the game with an 8-0 run, but a 12-0 run capped by an Ashley Sweat jumper gave the Wildcats their first lead at 19-17 with 5:50 to play. With the basket, Sweat improved her school record for consecutive games with a point to 128 which is every game of her K-State career.

For the remainder of the opening half the teams traded the lead as the score was tied seven times and changed hands four times. Colorado took the lead into halftime, 32-31, as Alyssa Fressle followed an errant Colorado jumper to beat the buzzer.

The Wildcats shot .382 from the field, while the Buffaloes converted on .435 of its shots. K-State outrebounded Colorado 21-14 in the first half, including 12 offensive rebounds that resulted in 15 second chance points. K-State was led at the break by Jalana Childs with eight points, while Branshea Brown chipped in with six off the bench.

Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon to face 2010 Big 12 regular season champion Nebraska at 12 p.m. Saturday's contest will be the final home game for K-State seniors Kari Kincaid and Ashley Sweat. Tickets remain available for the game and can be found at www.kstatesports.com or by calling the K-State athletics ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS.

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