K-State Goes Cold Against Hawaii

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Kansas State made a season-high 12 three-point field goals, but it wasn't enough as Hawaii used a 49-point second half to defeat the Wildcats, 71-61, in the first round game in the Duel in the Desert on Saturday night.

K-State (4-6) was led by freshman guard Brittany Chambers with a career-high tying 20 points, while junior guard Shalin Spani tallied a career-high 17 points off the bench. Both Chambers and Spani nailed a career-high five 3-point field goals and set the team season-high.

Hawaii (4-5), playing its first game in two weeks, tallied a .531 field goal percentage in the second half and Dita Liepkaine led four Rainbow Wahine in double figures with 15.

The Wildcats came out firing from three-point range in the first half, connecting on 10-of-20 from beyond the arc in the opening stanza. Spani nailed her first three attempts and finished the half 5-of-6 from deep and 15 points. K-State opened a 20-point advantage at 30-10 with 7:09 to play in the half. K-State started its down turn at the end of the half, finishing with just six points and holding a 36-22 lead at the break.

The Rainbow Wahine used a 17-7 run in the first six minutes of the second half to turn the momentum in their favor. Hawaii captured its first lead with 8:08 to play, as Leilani Galdones scored eight straight points to give Hawaii a lead they would hold for the remainder of the contest. Galdones finished with 13 points off the Hawaii bench.

Kansas State will return to action in the consolation side of the bracket on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats will face VCU at 4:30 p.m. (CT), as the action can be heard live on the K-State Sports Network.