Dec. 7, 2011
Final Stats |
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State put together a suffocating defensive effort and Brittany Chambers registered the 1,000th point of her career, as K-State defeated Wichita State on Wednesday night, 60-34.
Chambers finished the evening with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. She also added a team-high eight rebounds and pocketed a career-high-tying three steals. She is the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career and the first junior to do so since Ashley Sweat in the 2008-09 season.
Joining Chambers in double figures was Jalana Childs. The senior from Orlando, Fla., entered the game with three straight games of 20 or more points, but Childs was held to 12 points. She completed her stat line with five rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
As a team, K-State (5-2) held its fourth opponent this season to under 49 points by limiting the Shockers to a .190 field goal percentage which included an 0-of-5 effort from beyond the arc. The Wildcats forced 20 Wichita State turnovers and recorded 13 steals
Wichita State (3-5) was paced by Chynna Turner with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Also adding to the effort was Jessica Diamond 10.
In the first half, a JuliAnne Chisholm three-point play followed by a Chantay Caron layup pushed K-State out to a 10-point lead, 22-12, with 6:22 remaining. After the Shockers called a timeout, Mariah White tallied a steal on the ensuing Wichita State possession. Chambers capped the resulting Wildcats’ possession with a driving ball fake and layup for a 24-12 K-State lead.
K-State concluded the opening stanza with a 9-5 advantage, as Chambers tallied five points on a pair of free throws and a three-pointer. The Wildcats shot .379 from the field on the way to a 33-17 halftime lead. The 17 points surrendered by K-State were the fewest in a half since the Wildcats held Dartmouth to 10 points in both halves of the season-opening win.
The Wildcats used an 8-2 run early in the second half to build a 20-point lead, 45-25. The run started on the back of a Branshea Brown layup, followed by a Chambers three and a layup and concluded on a Caron free throw with 13:15 remaining.
The Shockers cut into the K-State lead, 47-33, by holding the Wildcats without a field goal for over seven minutes. Childs ended the drought with a jump hook in the lane to give K-State a 49-33 lead with 4:49 to play.
Chambers put the finishing touches on the scoring for K-State, as she connected on her final attempt of the night, a three-pointer from the left wing with under a minute to play. The points gave her exactly 1,000 for her career.
Kansas State will now take to the road for its last five games of its non-conference schedule. The Wildcats will travel to Brookings, S.D., on Saturday to face South Dakota State at 5 p.m. The contest will be available on the K-State Sports Network.