Feb. 5, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brittany Chambers scored a career-high 27 points and led a furious second-half rally by Kansas State as the Wildcats erased a 12-point deficit and left Mizzou Arena with a 60-55 overtime win Saturday afternoon.
The win for K-State (16-5, 6-2) was its fifth straight in Big 12 Conference play, while the Tigers dropped to 11-12 and 3-6, and the Wildcats remained in fourth place in the league standings with the comeback victory.
Down 47-35 with 7:53 left in the second half, Chambers caught fire from three-point range as the sophomore hit four consecutive field goals from beyond the arc to cut the Missouri lead down to one at 49-48. With K-State trailing 50-48 in the final minutes, Mariah White converted a reverse layup with 1:35 remaining to force overtime as neither team connected on field goals in the final seconds.
In the extra period, Missouri grabbed a 52-50 lead until consecutive baskets from Chambers and Jalana Childs sparked an 8-0 K-State run that gave the Cats a six-point advantage and ended up being the difference in the contest. Missouri cut the lead down to three in the final seconds but Kelsey Hill connected on two free throws to ice the contest, 60-55.
Chambers collected eight rebounds to go along with her game-high 27 points and also moved into 10th place at K-State for career three-pointers made, while Childs added 19 points for the Wildcats. Statistically, the game was even in shooting, rebounds and turnovers, but K-State connected on 64-percent of its free throws to Missouri’s 43-percent, while the Wildcats also held the advantage in steals for the game, 9-5.
Kansas State opened the game with an 11-4 run, as Chambers scored seven of the 11 points. Both teams showed signs of fatigue, as the first media timeout came with 9:05 remaining and the Wildcats leading 15-12.
K-State continued to fend off the Tigers for the remainder of the half, alternating between four-point and two-point leads. Missouri evened the score with 1:25 remaining in the opening stanza, 23-23, on a layup from Shakara Jones.
The Wildcats were paced in the first half by Chambers with nine points and Jalana Childs with eight. K-State shot 37.0 percent from the floor in the opening half, while holding Missouri to 39.1 percent. The Wildcats were able to force 10 Missouri turnovers, while committing just seven.
Following an even first half, Missouri built a four-point lead, 32-28, on a RaeShara Brown jumper with 16:11 remaining in the game. A backdoor layup by Alina Voronenko cut the Missouri lead to 33-30, but the Tigers were able to extend their lead to eight, 38-30, on a Christine Flores three-point play with 13:23 remaining, and then 12 with 10:52 left before K-State made its run.
Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday night’s game is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, as any girl age 14 and under wearing a team shirt or jersey will receive a free bench general admission ticket. For ticket information, call the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.