MANHATTAN, Kan. – It did not take long for the K-State Wildcats to set the tone on Sunday afternoon in a lob-sided win against the South Dakota Coyotes. Senior guard Brittany Chambers scored seven points in the first three minutes of the contest to open up a 7-2 lead and force South Dakota to call an early timeout. From there Chambers and the Wildcats rolled to a 68-54 victory that saw Chambers take control of the contest and score 29 points.
With those 29 points Chambers surpassed 1,500 career points. With her career total of 1523 she became the 10th player in K-State history to reach the milestone. Five of those players are all from the Deb Patterson era. Chambers also moved into 13th on the all-time rebounding list during the game with 13 on the day and 638 for her career.
By reaching her new scoring milestone, Chambers joins an elite group of Wildcats. She is now one of only three players in school history to tally at least 1,500 points, 625 rebounds and 250 assists, joining Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker.
K-State (7-0) held just a four-point lead with 4:45 remaining in the first half before a barrage of steals and transition baskets helped build that lead up to 16 at the break. Chambers found Bri Craig on a breakaway. Then, Chambers had her own fast-break layup going coast to coast following a steal. That play was followed by another steal and runaway basket this time Craig to lead 29-19. A 3-pointer from Craig made it a 9-0 run and a 13-point lead before the Coyotes scored at the free-throw line with 2:36 left. The Wildcats outscored the Coyotes 8-0 from that point to lead 37-21 at half.
Chambers and Craig took control of the closing minutes of the first half as the tandem combined for 29 of K-State’s 37 points. Craig shot 5-for-8 and made two shots from deep. Chambers nearly posted a double-double in the first half as she tallied an impressive 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the team.
Craig would finish the contest with a new career-high 14 points. She was just one point shy of her previous best of 13 after just the first half. It marked just the second time she has reached double digits in scoring as she was 6-of-11 shooting.
The Wildcats scored eight points on fast breaks in the first half thanks to 12 turnovers by South Dakota (4-6). The Wildcats shot 50 percent (15-of-30) as a result of those turnovers getting a number of layups in the opening half.
In the second half, K-State continued to pour it on the Coyotes extending the lead to 25 points as Chambers and Craig pushed their way to career days. Chambers tallied her ninth double-double with 13 rebounds to go with her 29 points. She also had four assists.
The Wildcats will return to action next Sunday when they host the UTEP Miners at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on Cox 22 and Metro Sports in the state of Kansas. It can be heard on the radio on the K-state Sports Network as well.