Wildcat Women Fall in Big 12 Quarters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kari Kincaid and Jalana Childs each had 10 points for Kansas State, but Kelsey Griffin and top-seeded Nebraska proved to be too much in the second half as the Huskers advanced with a 63-46 win Friday in quarterfinal action of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship.

Griffin scored 24 points for Nebraska (30-0), 16 of which came in the second half, to lead all scorers. Brittany Chambers just missed a double-double for K-State, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds.

K-State (14-18) held the Huskers to 36 percent shooting in the contest, which included a 1-for-21 mark from three-point range. But, the Wildcats committed 23 turnovers, which led to 20 Nebraska points, and the Huskers recorded 40 points in the paint on the afternoon.

Down just one at the half, K-State matched Nebraska shot for shot in the early stages of the second half as Chambers' three-pointer and a Sweat jumper kept the game at one possession at 36-33. But, Griffin answered for Nebraska with two straight buckets as the Huskers took their largest lead of the game at that point, 40-33.

Chambers scored the next five points to pull the Wildcats to within 43-38, but Griffin's basket at the 11:31 mark began a 20-8 Husker run and upped the lead to nine at 47-38. The lead grew to 11 at 51-40 before the Huskers first three-point field goal of the game in 19 attempts put the Huskers up comfortably, 56-40.

Nebraska held an early 7-4 lead in the contest as K-State connected on just 2 of its first 13 shots and could not take advantage of five Husker turnovers in the first five minutes. Karr's three broke the spell and pulled the Wildcats to within 9-7 and Kincaid answered a Nebraska bucket with a three from the corner to keep the game tight at 13-11.

The Wildcats stayed within striking distance of the Huskers as a Childs driving basket and another Kincaid three brought the Cats to within one at 19-18.

K-State held Nebraska to 33 percent shooting in the first half, including an 0-for-12 mark from three-point range. Despite 15 first-half turnovers, Maria White's layup at the closing stages of the half brought the Wildcats to within just one at the break, 27-26.