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K-State Upsets No. 12/11 Oklahoma State

Posted: 9:23 PM Jan 23, 2013
Reporter: KSU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

MANHATTAN, Kan. - With the aid of a school record performance from behind the 3-point line, Kansas State upset No. 12/11 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum, 76-70, in overtime. The win ended a two-game home court skid for the Wildcats and was the first overtime win for the Wildcats since defeating No. 9/8 Texas A&M, 71-69, on Jan. 4, 2012.

K-State (11-7, 2-4 Big 12), playing with seven active players, saw four players reach double digits in scoring led by 2013 All-America candidate Brittany Chambers with a game-high 26 points, including 19 in the first half to jump start the Wildcats. With her point total, the senior from Jordan, Minn., passed Laurie Koehn (2001-05; 1,733) on the K-State career scoring list with 1,747 points.

Chambers led a K-State attack from beyond the arc that tallied a school record 16-of-41 for the night. The 16 conversions set the school mark, the Bramlage Coliseum record and ranks tied for ninth in Big 12 history for three-point field goals made in a game. Chambers was responsible for six and moved into second in school history and a tie for second in Big 12 history for three-point field goals made in a career with 287.

Joining Chambers in double figures were sophomore Haley Texada with 15 points, Mariah White with 11 and Heidi Brown with a career-high 10 off the bench. Texada pulled in seven rebounds, dished out five assists and pocketed four steals. White dished out five assists and tallied a K-State season-high and a career-best seven steals.

Oklahoma State (14-2, 3-2) was led by Toni Young with 22 points and nine rebounds. Reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Week Brittney Martin carded 15 points and five rebounds.

Oklahoma State built a five-point lead in the first half, 40-35, with 3:14 remaining. The lead was achieved on an 8-0 run by the Cowgirls, highlighted by a three from Lindsey Keller and Liz Donohoe. The Cowgirls shot .654 from the field in the opening stanza.

K-State climbed back into the lead with consecutive three-point field goals by Chantay Caron and White for a 41-40 lead with 2:16 remaining. A pair of free throws with under a minute to play by Chambers gave K-State a 43-42 halftime lead.

The Wildcats then raced out of the halftime locker room with four straight 3-point field goals to build its largest lead of the night at 55-44 with 14:56 to play in the second half. White registered consecutive three-pointers to propel the Wildcats into the lead.

After Oklahoma State closed the K-State lead to two, 56-54, with 7:29 to play on a Martin jumper, K-State strung together five straight points to pull ahead by seven, 61-54, with 4:20 to play.

The Cowgirls charged back into the contest with Martin draining eight straight points to tie the game at 61 apiece with 1:39 to play. After the teams exchanged empty possessions, Texada recorded a steal and layup to give the Wildcats a 63-61 lead with 26 seconds to play. Tiffany Bias answered with two of her four points with a runner in the lane with six seconds remaining to tie the game. A last second layup attempt by White was off the mark and the game went to overtime.

In the extra session, the teams held each other scoreless until 2:36 remained and Chambers tallied her sixth 3-point field goal of the night. Young brought Oklahoma State back to one, 66-65, but Craig cut behind the defense and scored a layup with 1:43 to play.

K-State’s defense held strong on the next OSU possession and Brown registered a decisive three with 55 seconds remaining to give K-State a 71-65 lead. A pair of Brown free throws and a Texada steal and layup gave the Wildcats a 75-68 lead with under 20 seconds to play. Young made a layup for the Cowgirls with under 10 seconds to play and Chambers converted one of two free throws with four seconds left.

The Wildcats pocketed 16 steals for the night and carded 22 points off of 18 Oklahoma State turnovers. This was the 15th game this season K-State has recorded 10 or more steals in a game.

K-State returns to the road this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas to face Texas at 1 p.m. The game will be available on the K-State Sports Network and at kstatesports.com. Updates will also be provided on the official K-State Athletics Gameday Twitter account (@kstate_gameday).
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