K-State Uses 2nd Half Run to Set Down BYU

Jalana Childs registered 18 points and 9 rebounds in Wednesday night's win over BYU.

Nov. 16, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Holding a delicate two-point lead early in the second half, K-State was able to press past BYU with a decisive 13-2 run to register the second straight 2-0 start and the 12th under Deb Patterson with a 59-46 win on Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats were led by forward Jalana Childs with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds. The effort was the 36th career double-figure scoring effort for the senior from Orlando, Fla.

Joining Childs in double figures were Brittany Chambers with 13 points and Mariah White with 11 points, five assists and two steals.

BYU (1-2) also saw three players reach double figures led by Lexi Eaton with 16 points, while Haley Steed chipped in with 13 and Kim Parker added 11.

The Wildcats held a 29-21 lead at the half, but the Cougars cut the deficit to two with 12:22 remaining on a Parker jumper, 37-35. This was the last field goal BYU would connect on over the next 10 minutes, as the Wildcats pieced together a 12-2 run capped by consecutive layups from Mariah White and a three-point play from Chantay Caron. Caron helped the Wildcats to a 10-0 bench scoring advantage with eight.

Six free throws in the final minute and a half provided the Wildcats with the final margin, 59-46.
    
In the first half, BYU trimmed a nine-point K-State lead to two, 20-18, with 5:15 remaining, the Wildcats pushed back out with a 7-0 run. Caron provided the spark for the run with a jumper and a three-pointer from the corner to give K-State a 27-18 lead with 1:30 remaining in the opening stanza.

For the night, K-State turned 16 offensive rebounds into 16 second-half points and outrebounded the Cougars, 40-35. The Wildcats were 10-of-12 from the foul line on the evening, which was K-State’s best percentage since carding a free throw percentage of 88.9 against Colorado on Feb. 16, 2011.

Kansas State will have a quick turnaround to conclude its three-game home stand. The Wildcats host Missouri State on Friday night at 7 p.m. Friday’s night’s contest is part of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack” ticket promotion. For just $30, fans will receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks. For more information, please contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221- CATS or visit the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum.