March 2, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State and its fans received a going away present from seniors Brittany Chambers and Mariah White, as the Wildcats ended a four-game losing streak with a 68-62 win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum. K-State ended the regular season with an 8-6 record at home, which is the third straight season and the 19th of the last 20 seasons that the Wildcats have tallied a winning record in Bramlage.
Kansas State (14-15, 5-12 Big 12) benefitted from three players in double digits on Saturday, led by Chambers with 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. The product of Jordan, Minn., also pulled in nine rebounds, dished out one assist and pocketed one steal.
The effort was the 33rd career game of 20 or more points for Chambers and her 15th this season. This was her fifth career 30-point game and the 44th in school history. She is tied for the school record with five games of 30 or more points in a career and joins Shawnda DeCamp (1993-94) and Ashley Sweat (2006-10). She is the first player in the program’s 45-year history to register consecutive 30-point games.
The 15 games with 20 or more points are the most by a Wildcat since the 2003-04 season when Kendra Wecker tallied 16 games with 20 or more points. For the week, Chambers registered 67 points on 26-of-44 (.591) shooting including 11-of-17 from three-point range. She also tallied 17 rebounds and four assists.
Joining Chambers in double figures were Bri Craig and Chantay Caron. Craig notched 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. Caron tabulated her second straight double figure game with 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks.
Texas Tech (21-8, 11-6) had four players in double digits, led by Chynna Brown’s 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Christine Hyde recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
K-State dashed out to a 10-point lead midway through the first half, as the Wildcats recorded 5-of-6 from beyond the arc to take a 23-13 lead with 11:59 to play. Chambers and Craig each knocked down a pair of three-point field goals to propel K-State into the lead.
The Lady Raiders bounced back into the contest with a 13-0 run to capture a 31-30 lead at the half. Kelsi Baker helped the rally by scoring eight of her 11 total points during the run. During the Texas Tech run to end the first half, K-State was 1-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Texas Tech would build its lead to five, 42-37, following a Brown three-pointer. K-State then constructed a 20-6 run over the next six minutes of the game to hold a 57-48 lead with 6:19 to play in the game. The Wildcats run was energized by four straight 3-point field goals, with two each coming from Chambers and Craig. Chambers carded 11 of her 21 second half points during the K-State rally.
With K-State holding a 62-52 lead following a Chambers’ free throw with 3:23 to play, Texas Tech strung together six straight points of the next two minutes to cut K-State’s lead to 62-58 with 1:18 remaining. White would close out the win for the Wildcats by making 4-of-5 from the foul line in the final 1:12 of the game. White finished with six points, a K-State season-high 10 assists and six steals.
K-State shot .479 from the field for the game, including 12-of-24 (.500) from beyond the arc. The .479 field goal percentage was the highest for the Wildcats since going .481 from the field against Texas on Feb. 13. The .500 three-point field goal percentage was a season-high and the best 3-point field goal percentage for the Wildcats since Jan. 7, 2012 at Kansas when K-State was .545 from beyond the arc.
Kansas State will conclude the 2012-13 regular season on Monday night, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas to face 2013 Big 12 regular season champion Baylor at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast to a national audience on FOX Sports. The game will also be available on the K-State Sports network and for free at kstatesports.com.