Chambers, Caron Lead K-State to Win

Chantay Caron notched 13 points and nine rebounds in her first career start on Wednesday night.

Dec. 29, 2010

Final Stats

HANOVER, N.H. – With career-high efforts from Brittany Chambers and Chantay Caron, Kansas State ended a two-game slide on Wednesday night with a 69-48 win over Dartmouth in the Blue Sky Classic. Chambers and Caron combined for 39 points and 22 rebounds to propel K-State to the win.

The Wildcats (9-3) saw Chambers record her second career double-double with a career-high 26 points and pulled in a personal season-high 13 rebounds. She also added five assists to her final stat line.

The sophomore from Jordan, Minn., tallied a career-high six 3-point field goals and became the first Wildcat to make six 3-point field goals in a game since Kari Kincaid registered six against Michigan State on Nov. 22, 2007.

Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson adjusted the starting lineup for the first contest after the holiday break, as Caron and JuliAnne Chisholm garnered their first career starts on Wednesday night. Caron responded with career-highs of 13 points and nine rebounds, while Chisholm added six points and three rebounds.

K-State was also bolstered by the production of junior forwards Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown off the bench. Childs, due to travel issues because of the blizzard on the east coast, did not arrive until a couple of hours before tipoff. The Orlando, Fla., product carded 11 points and four rebounds in 22 minutes. Brown added nine points and four rebounds to the cause.

Dartmouth (3-8) was paced by Nicola Zimmer with 12 points, while Faziah Steen added 11 and Cassie Cooper chipped in with 10.

The Cats used a 14-4 run midway through the first half to secure a 22-13 lead with 7:45 to play. The Big Green cut the K-State lead to four, 27-23, with the aid of consecutive three-point field goals from Zimmer and Steen. The Wildcats were able to hold off Dartmouth for the remainder of the half to hold a 32-27 advantage at the break.

The Wildcats were led in the first half by Brown with nine points off the bench, while Chambers and Caron chipped with six apiece. K-State shot 42.4 percent from the field in the opening half and outrebounded the Big Green 23-16.

K-State fought off a feisty Dartmouth squad in the second half, as Chambers scored 12 straight points over a six-minute stretch that saw K-State’s lead increase to as many as 13, 48-35.

Following five straight points from Caron, Chambers connected on her sixth 3-point field goal with 4:26 remaining. After a blocked shot by Brown, Chambers found Jalana Childs wide open under the basket to give K-State a 59-43 lead with 3:57 remaining to force a Dartmouth timeout. The Wildcats ended the game on a 15-5 run and built a game-high 23-point lead with 1:08 remaining on a pair of free throws from Emma Ostermann.

The Wildcats outshot the Big Green (38.9 to 33.3 percent) and held a 17 rebound advantage with a season-high 52 rebounds, which included 20 offensive boards.

Kansas State will conclude action at the Blue Sky Classic and the non-conference portion of its schedule on Thursday against Vermont. The Wildcats will tip-off at 4 p.m. (CT) against the Catamounts at Leede Arena.