K-State Handed First Loss at No. 18 Iowa

Brittany Chambers

Dec. 5, 2010

Final Stats

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Kansas State grabbed a 29-25 halftime advantage at 18th-ranked Iowa on Sunday, but a second-half surge by the Hawkeyes handed the Wildcats their first loss of the 2010-11 season, 68-62, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Kansas State (6-1) was led on Sunday by sophomore Brittany Chambers’ 20 points, 16 of which came in the second half, while junior forward Jalana Childs pitched in 18 points and six rebounds and sophomore guard Taelor Karr notched 17 points. Branshea Brown also tallied 11 boards for K-State.

With the Cats clinging to a four-point lead to start the second half, a 10-5 run by Iowa (8-1) in the first four minutes of the second half gave the Hawkeyes the lead back at 35-34 with 15:31 to play in regulation. The Wildcats were able to halt the run with a jumper from Karr and two free throws from Childs to trail the Hawkeyes by one, 39-38, with 13 minutes remaining.

Consecutive baskets from Iowa’s Hannah Draxten upped the Hawkeye lead to 43-38 as the game would remain a back and forth battle the rest of the way. K-State could not get any closer than two points, but the Hawkeyes never held more than a seven-point lead. A Chambers three-pointer with 2:19 left cut the deficit to 58-56 for K-State, but Iowa scored the next five points to extend the margin back to seven with 51 seconds left.

Jaime Printy led a group of four Iowa players in double-figure scoring with 20 points.

Iowa built an eight-point first-half lead at 21-13, highlighted by a Printy three-point field goal with 5:08 to play, to force a K-State timeout. Out of the timeout, the Wildcats cut into the Hawkeyes’ lead with a Karr three-point field goal, a pair of free throws from Childs and a layup from Branshea Brown for a 23-20 Iowa lead with 2:58 to play in the half.

After a strong defensive effort, a running layup from Karr brought the Wildcats back into a tie with the Hawkeyes at 23 with 2:06 to play. Another defensive stop by K-State resulted in a fastbreak layup and an old-fashioned three-point play by Childs to cap a 9-0 run by the Wildcats and give K-State a 26-23 lead. For the 4:30 of the opening half, K-State held Iowa without a field goal as the Wildcats took a 29-25 lead at intermission.

K-State was led by Childs with 13 points in the opening stanza, while Karr added 10. The Wildcats outshot the Hawkeyes from the field in the opening half, .407 to .346. K-State also held the edge on the boards, 18-16.

Kansas State will return to Manhattan for a two-game homestand beginning on Wednesday night against North Dakota at 7 p.m. The contest between the Wildcats and Fighting Sioux will be televised live on FS Kansas City and broadcast live on the K-State Sports Network. To purchase tickets to either of the final two home non-conference games, fans can call the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com.