March 4, 2013
WACO, Texas – Kansas State used a strong shooting performance early in the second half to make the Ferrell Center crowd nervous of an upset, but No. 1/1 Baylor used a 25-2 run to distance themselves from the Wildcats and win, 90-68. K-State has dropped six consecutive road games.
Kansas State (14-16, 5-13 Big 12) had all five starters in double figures led by Brittany Chambers with 22 points and seven rebounds. This was Chambers’ 28th game this season in double figures and the 102nd of her career. The effort was her 34th career game of 20 or more points and her 16th this season. The 16 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 and ties for the most in the Deb Patterson era.
With her point total on Monday night, Chambers became the fourth player in school history and the seventh occasion overall to reach 600 points in a season. Her point total stands at 607 for the 2012-13 season and ranks sixth in school history.
Joining Chambers in double digits were Haley Texada, Bri Craig, Chantay Caron and Mariah White. Texada carded 13 points, while Craig notched 12, Caron 11 and White 10. It is the third straight game Caron has reached double digits.
Baylor (29-1, 18-0), the Big 12 regular season champions, was paced by senior Brittney Griner with a Big 12 single-game record 50 points on 21-of-29 shooting and six rebounds. The 50 points were a single game record for a K-State opponent.
Kansas State stunned the sold-out crowd early, as the Wildcats dashed out to an 11-6 lead with 15:55 to play. The Wildcats knocked down 3-of-4 from three-point range to register the early lead. The five-point lead for the Wildcats tied for the largest deficit for Baylor this season in league play.
The Lady Bears answered with an 8-0 run to secure a 14-11 lead with 13:11 to play. The Wildcats retook the lead, 17-16, on a Chambers three-pointer with 11:40 to play. Baylor would then use a 19-6 run to secure a 35-23 lead with 3:28 to play in the first half.
Baylor would take a 45-34 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Bears shot a season-high for a half by a K-State opponent by shooting .750 (18-of-24) from the floor in the first stanza. The Wildcats were 8-of-21 from beyond the arc in the first half and have now made five or more three-point field goals in a game 28 times this season, including a current streak of 24 straight games.
K-State used sharpshooting from three-point range to open the second half to cut Baylor’s lead to four, 54-50, with 15:27 to play. The Wildcats made four consecutive three-pointers from four different players to cut into the deficit.
Baylor would take control of the second half with a 25-2 run. Griner scored 10 points during the run. For the game, Baylor shot .698 from the floor, which set a K-State opponent record for field goal percentage.
For the night, K-State was 15-of-35 from beyond the 3-point line. The 35 attempts improved K-State’s season total and school record to 852 and set a new Big 12 record for attempts, blowing past the previous mark of 835 by Iowa State in the 2008-09 season.
Kansas State will return to the state of Texas later this week, as the Wildcats start the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships on Friday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. K-State will face Texas at 6 p.m., on Friday night in the first round. The game will be available on the Big 12 Digital Network and the K-State Sports Network.