Wildcats Bounce Cardinals, Advance to WNIT Quarterfinals

Haley Texada

March 28, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan.Brittany Chambers scored a game-high 23 points to lead Kansas State past Ball State, 60-48, in the Round of 16 in the 2013 Women’s National Invitational Tournament on Thursday night in Bramlage Coliseum. With her performance Chambers has now scored 20 or more points in a school-record eight straight games, including 93 total points over the last three postseason games.

For the third game in a row, Chambers was joined in double figures by sophomore Haley Texada, who recorded 14 points. Chantay Caron grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, while Chambers pulled down eight boards on the night.

After breezing past Texas Southern and Illinois State by a combined 47 points in their first two WNIT games, the Wildcats looked like they were in trouble to start the game as the Cardinals jumped out to a 15-7 lead thanks in part to a 6-for-9 shooting performance over the first 8 minutes of the game.

Coming out of the second media timeout of the first half, K-State started to chip away at the deficit, started by a Mariah White free throw and a Briana Craig 3-pointer and ignited by 12 first-half points from Chambers. During the run the Wildcats outscored BSU, 24-7, to enter the halftime locker room with a 31-22 lead.

After back and forth action for the first 10 minutes of the second half, K-State was able to open its lead up to double digits, 50-40, at the 7:10 mark. Following a technical foul on the Ball State bench two and a half minutes later, the Wildcats rattled off seven consecutive points, four from the charity stripe, to take a game-high 16-point lead with just over two minutes left in the contest.

Although the Wildcats gave up six points in the final three minutes, K-State held a comfortable enough lead to not be threatened and advance one step further in postseason play.

With Thursday night’s victory, Kansas State advances to the quarterfinals of the WNIT and will face Illinois on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum. Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday’s contest online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets, by calling 1-800-CATS (2287) or in person at the ticket office, located inside the southwest entrance of Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com.