Dec. 20, 2012
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Fifth-ranked Notre Dame foiled K-State's bid to end its recent downturn by besting the Wildcats 87-57 Thursday night at the World Vision Classic, extending K-State's losing streak to three straight after opening the season with seven consecutive wins.
K-State (7-3) had three players reach double figures for the second straight game and was led by senior All-America candidate Brittany Chambers with 18 points and seven rebounds despite a high ankle sprain she suffered against UTEP on Sunday. With her output on Thursday, the guard from Jordan, Minn., moved into eighth place on K-State's career scoring list with 1,559 points passing Tammie Romstad (1978-82; 1,548).
Joining Chambers in double figures were sophomore Haley Texada and Ashia Woods. Texada tallied 11 points, while Woods carded 10 points and five rebounds.
For the 10th straight game this season, K-State reached double figures in steals with 12 for the night. For the season, the Wildcats have 120 steals, or 12.0 per game.
Notre Dame (8-1) had five players score in double figures, led by consensus All-American Skylar Diggins with a game-high 22 points and eight assists. Joining Diggins in twin figures were Natalie Achonwa with 13 points, while Kayla McBride added 12 and Ariel Braker and Kaila Turner each chipped in with 11.
Notre Dame forced the Wildcats into seven turnovers in the first six minutes, scoring 11 points off those errors including eight in transition to take a 17-5 lead. The Fighting Irish were led during this stretch by Diggins with 11 points.
The Fighting Irish built their lead to 21 at 41-19 with 4:12 remaining the in half. Consecutive three-point field goals from Texada and Kendra Spresser narrowed the deficit to 41-25 with 2:17 to play. Notre Dame built the lead back to 24, 49-25, before halftime with a 7-0 run capped by a Turner three-pointer before the halftime buzzer.
K-State was able to bring the contest to within 21 points following a Chantay Caron three-point play with 11:54 remaining in the second half, but Notre Dame proved too strong and built its lead to as many as 31 with under four minutes to play.
K-State will conclude action at the World Vision Classic on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats will face UNLV at 5 p.m. (CT), which will be a rematch of last season’s final game of the BTI Invitational in which UNLV defeated the Wildcats, 44-38. The game on Friday will be available on the K-State Sports Network.