Wildcats Rally against Jackrabbits to Stay Unbeaten

Brittany Chambers tallied a team-high 18 points in K-State comeback win on Tuesday.

Nov. 30, 2010

 

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Despite trailing by as many as 14 in the first half and a six-point deficit at the half,  Kansas State was able to come from behind and grab a 56-51 win over South Dakota State on Tuesday night in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season and the fifth time in school history as Brittany Chambers led the Wildcats with 18 points.

Chambers connected on one of her team-high three 3-point field goals to provide K-State with a 50-49 advantage with 2:11 left to play in the game. Nearly a minute later, Mariah White found Branshea Brown on the block for an old-fashioned three-point-play to stretch K-State's lead to 53-49. The Wildcats were able seal the victory from the line with free throws coming from White and Chambers down the stretch.

K-State's comeback was on when freshman Brianna Kulas netted her only points of the game in a big way with her first career 3-pointer with 13:46 left in the game to cut the Jackrabbit lead to four, 38-34. From there the Wildcat defense forced South Dakota State into five turnovers in the next six possessions. In that same stretch, Childs and Chambers connected on jumpers to propel K-State into a 7-0 run.

Taelor Karr connected on a jumper with 9:12 left to give the Wildcats their first lead of since it was 2-0 at the 19:50 mark of the first half. Karr had only recorded a free throw prior to that bucket, but scored the next six points for the Wildcats to finish with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. She also tied her career-high with five assists.

South Dakota State (3-3) took the early advantage with a 3-pointer by Kristin Rotert at the 18:19 mark in the first half and not surrendering the lead for the rest of the frame. The Wildcats could not connect from the field in the first half shooting a season-low .240 (6-of-25). The Jackrabbits' Rotert tallied eight in the first half along with Jennie Sunnarborg gathering 10 to equal a six-point lead into the locker room. Sunnarborg finished with 18, while Rotert carded 17.

Chambers' 18 points came on 5-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-8 from deep to mark six games where the sophomore has tallied double figures this season. She played all but one minute in the contest.

Brown was tough in the paint, rejecting a career-high tying four Jackrabbit shots and scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe as well.

Kansas State will return to action against No. 18 Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa as a part of the Big 12/Big 10 Challenge, Dec. 5 at 2:00 p.m. The contest can be heard on the K-State Sports Network or at www.kstatesports.com.