Wildcats Escape Lady Blues in Final Exhibition

Branshea Brown carded her only points of the game in the final three seconds.

Nov. 8, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – It took until the closing seconds, but Kansas State got the exhibition win over Washburn, 52-50, Tuesday night in Bramlage Coliseum. After tying the game at 50 points apiece on their third 3-point attempt of the possession with 44 seconds remaining, K-State would find Branshea Brown on a back door cut for a lay-up with three seconds left on the clock for the victory.

Brittany Chambers led the way for the Wildcats with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting. She pulled down three rebounds and led the team in assists with four, including one on the game-winning basket. Jalana Childs was the only other Wildcat to reach double-digits in scoring with 15. Washburn saw Stevi Schultz score 15 points to lead the Lady Blues in the near upset.

For the second straight game, Kansas State used a quick start to capture an early advantage. The Wildcats held a 14-1 lead with 15:21 remaining in the first half, as Chambers tallied 10 of the Wildcats’ 14 points during the run.

After Washburn evened the first stanza at 24 with under a minute to play, K-State carded four points in the final four seconds of the half on a pair of free throws by Chambers and a layup by Dickey just before the halftime buzzer for a 28-24 K-State lead.

K-State was led in scoring in the first half by Chambers with 12 points and Childs with six. The Wildcats shot 36.7 percent from the field in the opening stanza and forced the Lady Blues into 12 turnovers and a 32.0 shooting percentage.

The Wildcats started the second half slow, scoring just four points in the first seven minutes. Washburn pounced on the opportunity with a 12-4 run and secured a 36-32 lead with 13:20 remaining on a fastbreak layup by Brittney Lynch.

Trailing 38-32, K-State strung together five points after a K-State timeout with a three from Mariah White and a layup from Chambers to trail by one, 38-37. However, a Schultz 3-pointer with 9:34 to play pushed the Lady Blues into a 41-37 lead. The advantage was extended to six, 43-37, with just over eight minutes to play on a Cassie Lombardino layup.

A Chambers three-pointer with 6:20 remaining ended a five-minute scoring drought for K-State and brought the Wildcats to within three, 43-40. A driving layup from Casyn Buchman pushed the Lady Blues back into a five-point lead, but a steal and behind the back pass from White to Chambers on the break brought K-State back to within three, 45-42, with 4:57 remaining.

A pair of Childs free throws with 1:38 to play tied the game at 47, but a three-point play by Schultz pushed Washburn in front 50-47 with 1:10 remaining. Following three K-State offensive rebounds on the ensuing possession, Chambers knocked down a three with 42 seconds remaining to tie the game at 50.

The Wildcats registered a defensive stop on Washburn’s final possession, as K-State forced an errant three and Childs controlled the rebound. With time ticking down, Chambers found Brown cutting to the basket with three seconds remaining to secure the 52-50 win.

Kansas State was able to force Washburn into 20 turnovers, which included 13 K-State steals. The Wildcats used the 20 turnovers to hold a 20-3 advantage in points off turnovers.

K-State will begin a three-game home stand with the season-opener on Saturday night against Dartmouth at 8 p.m. Saturday’s game is part of a “Wildcat Weekend” promotion, as fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 if they present a ticket from either Friday’s men’s basketball game against Charleston Southern or Saturday’s football game against Texas A&M.