Wildcats Hold Off Cougars

Brittany Chambers scored a game-high 17 points on Saturday.

Nov. 27, 2010

Final Stats

CHARLESTON, S.C. – K-State made its first trip to the state of South Carolina since 1983 a successful one, as the Wildcats defeated College of Charleston on Saturday, 56-46. Kansas State is now 5-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season and the 12th time in school history.


Kansas State was led by sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Chambers registered a game-high 17 points, while Karr notched a personal season-high 16.


In her return to her home state, junior forward Branshea Brown finished with 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocked shots.


In the first half of the contest, the teams traded the lead seven times and were tied on six occasions. K-State built its largest advantage of four points two times in the half, as a Jalana Childs layup gave the Wildcats a 29-25 edge with 2:54 to play.


After the Cougars missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, K-State’s Branshea Brown banked in a jumper from the free throw line as time expired in the half for a 33-29 lead.


The Wildcats made a season-high seven 3-point field goals in the opening half and were 50 percent from the beyond the arc. Taelor Karr led the Wildcats at the break with 14 points including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while Brittany Chambers added nine and was 3-of-4 from the three-point line.


K-State extended its lead to eight, 39-31, before the first media timeout with 15:51 to play. Brown converted an open layup and Chantay Caron converted a three-point play after being fouled on a jumper in the paint.


College of Charleston cut into the Cats’ lead with a three-point field goal from Taylor Mims and a layup by Latisha Harris, forcing K-State to call a timeout with 13:45 to play. A layup from Karr ended the Cougars’ run and gave the Wildcats a 41-36 lead with 12:05 to play.


A three-point field goal from Chambers and a layup from Brown, increased K-State’s lead to nine, 52-43, with 4:41 to play. After a College of Charleston jumper cut the lead to seven, a pair of K-State steals and fast break layups built K-State’s lead to 11 at 56-45 with 1:53 to play.


K-State finished the game shooting .393 from the field, while holding the Cougars to a .320 field goal percentage. College of Charleston outrebounded the Wildcats, 41-34, but K-State forced the Cougars into 17 turnovers.


Kansas State will return to Manhattan to face two-time Summit League champion South Dakota State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Tickets to Tuesday’s contest can be purchased as part of a Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.