LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Kansas State looked to rebound from its first loss of the season by notching an upset on No. 22/22 Texas A&M at the World Vision Classic, but the Aggies used a strong second half to hold back the Wildcats, 83-60, on Wednesday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion.
K-State (7-2) was led by sophomore Haley Texada and senior Brittany Chambers. Texada registered a career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The product of Frisco, Texas, has scored in double figures in seven of the eight games she has played this season.
Chambers, coming off the bench due to a high ankle sprain and ending a stretch of 101 consecutive starts, played an inspiring 28 minutes and recorded 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting and a team-high seven rebounds. She has now scored in double figures in eight games this season and 82 for her career.
Texas A&M (7-3) jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, as Kelsey Bone registered all six points to force a K-State timeout with 18:34 to play in the first half. Bone finished with a game-high 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting. K-State regrouped with three-pointers from Chantay Caron and Texada and narrowed the deficit to two, 8-6.
After the Aggies carded a 13-6 lead with 14:44 remaining, K-State used a 10-2 run to take a 16-15 lead with 11:40 remaining in the first half. Chambers recorded four points during the rally, while Texada hit a second 3-point field goal.
K-State extended its lead to three, 18-15, on an Ashia Woods layup with 10:54 remaining. Texas A&M strung together an 8-2 run to capture a 23-20 lead with 8:10 to play. A deep three-pointer from Chambers cut the Aggies’ lead to two, 31-29, with 3:08 to play. Texas A&M proceeded to close out the half on an 8-2 run, highlighted by four points in the final 15 seconds, to hold a 41-33 lead over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats narrowed Texas A&M’s lead to five, 43-38, with 18:40 remaining in the half. Texada scored three points early in the second half to cut the deficit.
With K-State trailing by eight, 50-42, Texas A&M strung together a 10-0 run over a three minute span to secure a 60-42 lead with 12:17 remaining. The Wildcats rallied with a 6-0 run, highlighted by four points from Bri Craig, to cut the Aggies’ lead to 62-50 with 10:05 remaining.
Texas A&M distanced itself from K-State with a 15-4 run over a six and a half minute stretch to secure the win.
K-State will continue action at the World Vision Classic at the Cox Pavilion on Thursday. Due to a unique scheduling twist, the Wildcats’ opponent on Thursday evening will be the winner of No. 5/5 Notre Dame and Alabama A&M at 5 p.m. (CT). Thursday’s game will be available on the K-State Sports Network.
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