MANHATTAN, Kan. – Powered by a 23-4 run to close out the first half, Kansas State cruised to an 89-55 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum. With the win K-State improves to 2-0 for the season and have reached the 2-0 mark for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.
The 89 points scored by the Wildcats were the most scored by K-State since Dec. 16, 2007 against Texas State, when the Wildcats won 90-52.
For the game, K-State was 14-of-35 (.400) from the 3-point line with four players making two or more from beyond the arc. The 35 attempts tied the school record for three-point field goals attempted, which was originally set on Jan. 31, 2007 at Colorado.
Kansas State saw five players reach double figures in points and were led by Brittany Chambers and Bri Craig. Chambers tallied a game-high 15 points, while also pulling in five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Craig reached double figures for the first time in her career with 13 points while connecting on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Another K-State starter in double figures was Ashia Woods. The sophomore from Wichita, Kan., tallied a career-high 10 points along with four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists.
The K-State bench provided a boost to the point total, as the Wildcats received 45 points from its reserves. Leading the way off the bench were Haley Texada and Ashlynn Knoll with 10 points each. After two games this season, Texada has already carded 21 points on the year, which surpasses her freshman season total of 14 in 14 games last season.
After Arkansas-Pine Bluff captured a brief 13-11 lead with 13:34 to play in the first half, K-State dashed out on a 9-0 run to secure a 20-13 lead with 12:03 to play. Texada jump started the run with a three-point field goal followed by a pair of layups.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff closed the K-State lead to only two, 24-22, with 7:42 remaining on a pair of free throws. K-State then proceeded to close the opening stanza on a 23-4 run to hold a 47-26 halftime lead. The 47 first half points were the most for an opening half by K-State since scoring 47 against Grambling State on Dec. 4, 2009.
The Lady Lions narrowed the K-State lead to 16, with 16:43 to play in the game, but the Wildcats pushed the lead back to 24 with an 18-9 run midway through the second half.
Kansas State will embark on a two-game road trip, beginning on Nov. 20 at Tennessee State. The Wildcats will also travel to Charlotte for a Nov. 24 matchup. K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 30 to host Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.