Feb. 12, 2012
Final Stats |
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State, looking to halt a three-game home skid on Sunday afternoon, responded with a hard-fought 47-43 win over in-state rival Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has now won 21 of the last 23 meetings against the Jayhawks, including 11 straight in Manhattan.
Kansas State (16-8, 7-5 Big 12) was led on Sunday by its two veteran post players, as Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds. Childs registered a game-high 18 points, including 15 in the second half. This was Childs’ 17th game this season in double figures.
Brown finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots. Her four blocked shots tied her career-high and moved her into seventh place on the K-State career blocked shots list.
Kansas (17-7, 6-6) was paced by Angel Goodrich and Aishah Sutherland with 13 and 12 apiece. Sutherland hauled in a game-high 17 rebounds in the absence of All-Big 12 performance Carolyn Davis, who was injured in the first three minutes of the game.
K-State trailed by seven to open the contest, but a 12-3 run spurred by eight straight points from Brown pushed K-State into the lead, 14-12, with 7:10 to play. The Wildcats captured the momentum heading into the halftime locker room, as Mariah White snared an offensive rebound and converted a layup with four seconds left to give K-State a 21-17 lead.
The Wildcats shot .391 from the floor in the opening stanza, while holding the Jayhawks without a field goal for the final 4:18 of the half and a .250 field goal percentage.
The teams traded baskets for a majority of the second frame, with neither team taking a lead larger than two points in the half. The score was tied six times and the lead was exchanged eight times. Childs was solid for K-State in the second half, scoring eight of the final 10 points for the Wildcats. A final defensive stand by the Wildcats prevented the Jayhawks from tying the game with under five seconds to play.
This was the 10th opponent K-State has held to 49-points or less this season. The last time K-State held at least 10 foes to 49-points or less in a season was in 1975-76 when the Wildcats prevented 12 opponents from reaching the mark.
K-State shot .354 from the field in the game, while allowing Kansas to shoot .333. The Wildcats forced the Jayhawks into 17 turnovers and converted 12 points off those turnovers.
Kansas State will make a quick road trip to Oklahoma on Wednesday to face the Sooners at 7 p.m. K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 18 to start a two-game home stand. The Wildcats will host Texas at 6 p.m. The game against the Longhorns will mark K-State’s participation in the national “Play 4Kay” initiative. For tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.