Wildcats Win in Lawrence, 56-51

Mariah White

March 5, 2011

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Jalana Childs led a trio of Wildcats in double figures with 16 points as Kansas State held on late to knock off rival Kansas Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, 56-51, in the regular season finale for both teams.

With the win, K-State (20-9, 10-6) finished the regular season in a tie for third place in the Big 12 standings with Oklahoma and will be the No. 4 seed in next week’s conference tournament, which includes a first-round bye.

The win also was Kansas State’s eighth in its last 10 trips to Lawrence, while the Wildcats have now won 19 of the last 21 meetings in the series. Deb Patterson picked up her 299th career win as head coach of the Wildcats and will look for No. 300 on Wednesday in Kansas City.

Childs, returning to K-State’s starting lineup following an injury in Wednesday’s win over No. 5 Texas A&M, led all scorers in the contest, while Mariah White chipped in 14 and Taelor Karr added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Kansas (19-11, 6-10) took a 44-43 second-half lead with 6:45 remaining before the Wildcats took control of the contest with a 9-0 run. Following a three-point play from Karr, White and Childs each hit two free throws and a White jumper gave K-State a 52-44 advantage with 4:10 left.

With the Cats holding a 54-46 lead at the 1:55 mark, KU scored five straight to make it 54-51 before Karr’s two free throws down the stretch sealed the win.

Carolyn Davis led Kansas with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

K-State held a two-point lead at the half, 26-24, but Kansas pieced together a 10-4 run in the opening stages of the second half to take a 34-30 lead with 15:08 remaining. The Wildcats regained the lead, 37-36, with 11:35 to play as Branshea Brown recorded three points and White carded a fast break layup.

A jump hook from Childs in the paint, followed by a Taelor Karr runner and a layup from White, forced Kansas into a timeout and propelled K-State out to a 43-37 advantage with 10:06 to play. Kansas regrouped in the timeout and tied the game at 43 on a pair of baskets from Diara Moore with 8:27 remaining.

Both teams came out in the opening half looking to push the tempo, with neither team taking control as the score was tied at 15 with 10:46 to play. The Wildcats were able to push out in front, 17-15, on a backdoor layup from White with 9:46 to play.

Following a Kansas put-back to tie the game, K-State went on a 5-0 run, highlighted by a three-point field goal from Karr in transition, to give the Wildcats a 22-17 lead with 7:08 remaining.

K-State was able to build a 24-18 advantage, but a three-and-a-half minute scoring drought allowed Kansas to come back to within two, 24-22, with 3:04 remaining. A running Karr jumper ended the stretch and provided the Wildcats a 26-22 lead with 1:18 to play. A pair of late free throws brought the Jayhawks to within two at the break, 26-24.

The Wildcats shot 36.7 percent from the field in the opening half and 40 percent for the game. K-State’s defense was solid in the game, holding Kansas to 35.1 percent shooting and forced the Jayhawks into 13 turnovers.

Kansas State will begin action in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased at the Municipal Auditorium box office or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.