Feb. 13, 2011
AMES, Iowa – Jalana Childs scored 21 points and Brittany Chambers added 19 for Kansas State, but 20th-ranked Iowa State held off a second-half rally by the Wildcats for a 61-53 win Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum.
Down by as many as 11 in the second half, Kansas State (16-7, 6-4) mounted a late comeback and eventually pulled within two points at 48-46 with 3:45 left as Childs worked her way in for one of her 10 field goals from the field.
From that point, Iowa State (17-7, 5-5) would hit 10-of-12 free throws in the final 3:25 to hold off the charging Wildcats. The Cyclones connected on 21-of-26 free throws in the game, while K-State went to the line just four times, hitting three of them.
Both teams shot 43-percent from the floor and 29-percent from three-point range and the turnovers slightly favored Iowa State, 13-11. The Cyclones also out-rebounded the Cats, 34-24.
K-State secured a 19-18 lead with 7:36 to play in the opening half, following five straight points from Chambers, which included a deep three-point field goal. After four straight points by the Cyclones, Alina Voronenko tied the score at 22 with her second 3-point field goal of the half with 5:20 remaining. Iowa State rebuilt its lead to five, 27-22, but Chambers drilled her third 3-pointer of the half with 3:19 to play to cut the deficit to two, 27-25.
The Cyclones closed out the first half on an 11-2 run to hold a 38-27 lead at the break. Iowa State’s run at the end of the half included seven free throws and two made field goals. In the half, the Cyclones were the benefactors of 11-of-12 foul shooting, while K-State shot none and was whistled for 10 fouls.
K-State was led in the first half by Chambers with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, while Voronenko chipped in with six off the bench. Chambers reached double figures in points for the 40th time in her career.
The Wildcats had an opportunity to significantly cut into Iowa State’s lead early in the second half by holding the Cyclones scoreless for the first five minutes, but K-State was 1-of-6 from the field before the first media timeout and trailed 38-29 with 14:52 remaining.
K-State continued to chip away at the Iowa State lead, as the Wildcats used a Taelor Karr three and a Childs jumper to trail 40-34 with 11:50 to play. The Cats whittled the Cyclones lead to three, as Chambers raced out to a layup with 7:33 remaining before then pulling to within two with under four minutes left.
Kelsey Bolte paced Iowa State with a game-high 25 points.
The Wildcats return home on Wednesday to face Colorado at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. Fans with a K-State men’s basketball ticket from the Kansas game on Monday, Feb. 14, can purchase a general admission ticket to the women’s game for just $3. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.