Wildcats Stumble Against Mountaineers
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Brittany Chambers posted her 25th career game with 20 points on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough as K-State fell to West Virginia, 66-52 at Bramlage Coliseum. Chambers moved up to sixth in career scoring at K-State during the game, which marked the first meeting in the series between the schools.
The Wildcats (10-6, 1-3 Big 12) held the lead through most of the contest but the Mountaineers (10-5, 2-2) chipped away at the lead down the stretch of the first half and then grabbed the lead for good at 40-39 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. From there, it was all West Virginia as the new members of the Big 12 used double-digit scoring efforts from Christal Caldwell and Ayana Dunning to claim the road win.
Caldwell tallied 19 points and was 7-of-19 shooting, including a perfect 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. Dunning posted 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Caldwell also was aggressive on the glass for the Mountaineers pulling down nine rebounds to lead the way.
In addition to her 20 points, Chambers led K-State in rebounding with six boards and dished out a game-high five assists. With her six rebounds, Chambers moved into 11th on the K-State career list with 702.
The Wildcats were out-rebounded by a large margin 41-26, which resulted in 15 second chance points for the Mountaineers and 11 on the break. K-State was able to muster up only five second chance points and four fast break points.
Both teams played strong defense forcing a number of turnovers, but the rebounding and West Virginia’s 13-of-15 at the free-throw proved to be the difference in the game.
K-State will stay at home for the Wildcats’ next contest when they will welcome No. 1 Baylor to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday with a 7 p.m., tip. The game can be available on FOX Sports Midwest and is also available on the K-State Sports Network.
Fans can take in Wednesday’s game in person as part of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack.” For just $30, fans will receive four general admission tickets and four concession vouchers valid for a hot dog, chips and a drink. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS, visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum.