Cats Run Past Lady Tigers in Second Half

Freshman Chantay Caron boosted K-State's attack with nine points off the bench in the first half.

Nov. 12, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the help of a 16-3 run to open the second half, Kansas State won its ninth straight game in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic with a 67-44 decision over Grambling State on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats will play in the title game of the event for the 16th straight time.

Sophomore guard Britttany Chambers led all scorers with a career-high 21 points, including 16 in the second half. The native of Jordan, Minn., also registered seven rebounds and six assists. Chambers’ tallied her previous career-high of 20 on two occasions during her freshman season.

Joining Chambers in double figures was junior forward Jalana Childs with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field. The product of Orlando, Fla., surpassed her previous career-high of 15 points from the Jan. 9, 2010 contest against Kansas.

A 16-3 run to open the second half, including 12 straight points from Chambers, propelled K-State to 25-point lead, 48-23. Chambers tallied four points on acrobatic layups on consecutive trips, followed by a pair of long three-point field goals and a midrange jumper.

Consecutive field goals from Childs with just over nine minutes to play in the second half pushed the Wildcats to a 61-34 lead. Childs registered her first basket on a turnaround jumper and on the ensuing Grambling State possession, registered a steal and drove the length of the floor for a layup.

K-State started slow against the Lady Tigers, but used four points off the bench from freshman Chantay Caron to build a 12-6 lead with 11 minutes to play in the first half. Caron closed the opening half with a team-high nine points, while also hauling in three rebounds.

The Wildcats continued to build upon its lead, as a fast break layup by Chambers pushed K-State to its largest lead of the half to 16 at 27-11 with 5:01 to play. K-State finished with a .443 field goal percentage, while holding Grambling State to .254 from the field.

The Wildcats were also strong on the glass, outrebounding the Lady Tigers, 53-32. K-State’s rebounding total was bolstered by nine boards from sophomore guard Taelor Karr and six from sophomore guard Mariah White.

Kansas State will face the winner of the Marist and (14/16) St. John’s at 2 p.m., on Saturday afternoon. The game is part of a “Wildcat Weekend” promotion, as fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 when they show either their men’s basketball ticket from the James Madison game on Friday night or their K-State volleyball ticket from the Saturday night match against Baylor. Tickets can be purchased by call (800) 221-CATS, in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office or by visiting www.kstatesports.com.