Wildcats Down Stars in Exhibition, 63-51

Jalana Childs goes up for two of her 13 points on Thursday night against Oklahoma City.

Nov. 3, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by its preseason All-Big 12 tandem of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs, Kansas State women’s basketball tallied a 63-51 exhibition win over Oklahoma City on Thursday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Chambers registered a game-high 19 points, including 16 in the second half, and seven rebounds. Childs added 13 points with 11 coming in the first half. The Wildcats also received a strong performance from senior forward Branshea Brown, who registered nine points and seven rebounds.

Oklahoma City was paced by Desiree Jeffries with 17 points and Dietra Caldwell with 14 and six rebounds.

Kansas State broke up a tight game at the half on the strong second half performance of Brittany Chambers. K-State used an 18-8 run in the opening seven minutes of the second half, as Chambers used an array of driving layups and free throws to improve K-State’s lead to 46-31.

K-State was able to build its lead to 18 with 12:18 to play in the second half, but the Stars chipped away at the deficit. With 2:52 remaining, OCU’s Lauren Gober notched a pair of free throws to trim the Wildcats lead to 59-47. The Stars could not overcome the Wildcats down the stretch, however, as K-State held onto that margin for the 12-point win.

The Wildcats were able to capitalize on a 19-6 advantage in bench points, paced by freshman guard Haley Texada with eight.

The Wildcats built an early 14-2 lead over the first nine minutes of the contest with the help of solid defense. K-State held the Stars without a made field goal and six turnovers for the first nine minutes, as OCU tallied their first connection from the field at 11:01 of the opening half and ending a 0-for-11 drought.

The Stars used the momentum from the first made field goal to tally a 13-4 run to make the score 18-15 with 5:17 remaining to force K-State to call a timeout. A three-point field goal and a fast break layup from K-State freshman Haley Texada put an end to the Oklahoma City run and forced the Stars into a timeout with 3:59 to play with K-State up 25-17.

K-State held a 28-23 advantage at the half and was paced by Childs with 11. The Wildcats were led on the glass by the guard trio of Chambers, Mariah White and Texada with four each. OCU was paced by Dietra Caldwell with seven in the opening half.

K-State will conclude its exhibition schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as the Wildcats host Washburn at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.