Wildcats Hold Off Hawkeyes in Overtime

Jalana Childs carded her third straight game of 20 points on Saturday evening.

Dec. 3, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Wildcats had a 13-point lead over the Iowa Hawkeyes only to see it disappear, but a strong defensive effort in overtime without star player Jalana Childs gave Kansas State the 81-78 victory on Saturday night. Childs fouled out of the game with 2:34 remaining in overtime and the score tied at 76, and her teammates responded and allowed Iowa to only score once the rest of the way for the win.

K-State (4-2) had its opportunities to put the game away but missed four free throws down the stretch. Thanks to solid defense from the Wildcats the missed free throws did not come back to hurt K-State as Iowa (5-3) shot just 2-of-5 in the overtime period.

Brittany Chambers led the Wildcats in scoring with 23 points hitting three shots from long range during the contest. She also pulled down six rebounds, all on the defensive side, to help K-State in transition. Childs posted 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and was a perfect 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. Branshea Brown led the Wildcats in rebounds with seven. Five of those were offensive rebounds that helped K-State tally 15 second chance points.

With the scored tied at 32 after the first half, Kansas State used a 15-2 run to open the second half 47-34 and create the largest lead of the night for the Wildcats. That lead would dwindle down to just one point with 8:48 remaining in regulation after a 3-pointer by Kamile Wahlin. The Hawkeyes would keep it close over the next three minutes before claiming the lead themselves with 5:12 left, 68-67. Iowa did build a lead as large as four points, but K-State would force overtime with a layup by Mariah White with just over a minute left.

Sharp shooting from Iowa’s Jaime Printy and Kalli Hansen is what pulled the Hawkeyes back into the game as Printy posted 21 points and Hansen added 11 – 10 of them in the second half. Wahlin scored 13, and Morgan Johnson had 17 inside for Iowa.

It was a see-saw battle in the first half before K-State was able to go on the 15-2 run and open the lead up. There were a total of six lead changes and five ties in the first half alone.

The difference in the game was inside, where the Wildcats had a clear advantage with Childs and Brown. K-State scored 42 points in the paint, to Iowa’s 26.

Kansas State will conclude its home non-conference schedule on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host Wichita State at 7 p.m. Fans can take advantage of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack.” For $30 fans receive the following: 4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.