LAS VEGAS, Nev. - In a rematch of the 2011 BTI Invitational final, Kansas State faced UNLV on Friday evening at the World Vision Classic. The Wildcats avenged last season's loss to the Runnin' Rebels with a 80-54 win to close out its week at the Cox Pavilion. With the win, K-State ended a three-game losing streak.
K-State (8-3) was led on Friday by senior and All-America candidate Brittany Chambers with 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Chambers, still playing with a high ankle sprain from the Dec. 16 game against UTEP, carded her 10th career double-double and third this season by halftime, as she had 11 points and 11 rebounds at the break.
She has scored 20 or more points in five games this season and K-State has now won 18 straight games when Chambers scores 20 or more points in a game. Chambers also added 5 assists and four steals to her final stat line.
Joining Chambers in double figures was freshman Bri Craig. Craig tallied a career-high 15 points and reached double figures for the fourth time in the last five games.
For the 11th straight game this season, K-State reached double figures in steals with a season-high 18. For the season, the Wildcats have 138 steals which are the most through 11 games in the Deb Patterson era.
After the Runnin' Rebels narrowed K-State's early lead to one, 13-12, with 11:39 remaining in the first half, the Wildcats strung together a 20-4 run to secure a 33-16 lead at the half. During the run, K-State's defense held UNLV without a basket for seven minutes.
Chambers jump started the run with consecutive three-point field goals, followed by four points from Caron. Ashlynn Knoll helped cap the run with four points, two on a turnaround jumper and another two on a coast to coast steal and layup with 6:15 to play. The Wildcats carded 11 fast break points in the opening stanza and 19 for the game.
Chambers and Craig carded the first 12 points of the second for the Wildcats. Chambers opened the half with back-to-back jumpers, while Craig drained eight straight points, including consecutive three-point field goals to boost K-State's lead to 45-22 with 15:04 to play.
The Wildcats built a 26-point advantage, as Mariah White and Haley Texada each carded consecutive corner three-point field goals to raise K-State's lead to 65-39, with under five minutes to play.
Kansas State will have a brief break for the holidays, before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 29 at UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. (CT). K-State's game against the Gauchos will be available on the K-State Sports Network with updates available on the official K-State Gameday account on Twitter (@kstate_gameday).