K-State Surges by Sycamores in Second Half

Branshea Brown

Nov. 17, 2010

Final Stats | Quotes | Notes | Photo Gallery 

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Brittany Chambers scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and Kansas State used a late second-half surge to pull away from Indiana State for a 64-48 win Wednesday evening at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State held a 45-40 advantage with 5:49 remaining in the contest, but the Wildcats went on a 19-8 run to close out the game and move to 3-0 for the eighth time in head coach Deb Patterson's 15 years at the helm of the Wildcat program.

Chambers led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting, including a 5-of-11 mark in the second half. It was the fourth time Chambers had hit the 20-point mark, including the second time this season.

Branshea Brown dropped in nine points and pulled in a personal season-high nine rebounds for the Wildcats, while Jalana Childs and Taelor Karr each added eight points.

K-State held a large 42-39 advantage on the boards, including a 18-7 lead in offensive rebounds. The Wildcats, who out-scored the Sycamores 34-14 in the paint, turned their 18 offensive rebounds into 20 points.

Indiana State received 12 points from Brittany Schoen and Taylor Whitley, while Kelsie Cooley pulled down nine rebounds for ISU.

The first half saw K-State and Indiana State trade blows in the early going as there were five ties and four lead changes in the first 10:18 of the game. The Wildcats led 15-12 with eight minutes left before Chambers hit Kansas State's first three of the night. After an ISU layup made the score 18-14, Brown dropped in a layup and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Alina Voronenko grabbed the rebound and Mariah White completed the four-point possession with a layup to give the Cats their largest lead of the first half at 22-14.

K-State also held an eight-point advantage at the 2:14 mark of the period after a Chantay Caron layup made the score 27-19. Indiana State answered with a 5-0 run to close the half, capped by a Whitley jumper with 35 seconds remaining to send the teams into the locker room with a 27-24 score.

The Wildcats were able to improve its lead to nine with 13:03 remaining in the contest when Karr ran a perfect back-cut for a layup make the score 36-27 and force Indiana State to call a timeout.

Chambers led a Wildcat charge in the middle stages of the second half when she hit a three-pointer with 8:53 left to make the score 43-33 before dishing a nice pass to Karr a minute later for a layup to put the Cats up by 12.

As was the case towards the end of the first period, the Sycamores came back to score five-straight points on a jumper by Whitley, while a Deja Mattox three-pointer at the 6:23 mark pulled ISU to within seven and forced the Wildcats to burn a time out.

After Whitley sunk a fast-break layup with 5:21 left to pull the Sycamores to within five, K-State registered 13 straight points to pull away from the Sycamores.

The next action for the Wildcats is on Sunday when they host Western Illinois in a 2 p.m., tip-off at Bramlage Coliseum. The game can be heard across the K-State Sports Network, while live video is available at www.k-statesports.com by using the K-State All-Access feature.