DALLAS, Texas – Playing its fourth game in seven days with just seven healthy players, Kansas State was unable to keep up with No. 1 Baylor on Saturday afternoon, losing 80-47 in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships at the American Airlines Center. This was the second meeting between the teams in the last six days.
K-State (15-17) was paced by Brittany Chambers with a game-high 21 points and while pulling in seven rebounds. In the two Big 12 tournament games, Chambers registered 41 points and 16 rebounds.
This was Chambers’ 30th game this season in double figures and the 104th of her career. Chambers improved her school record for points in a senior season with 648 and ranks second in school history for points in a season for all classes. Chambers improved her career point total to 2,026 career points.
The effort was her 36th career game of 20 or more points and her 18th this season. The 18 games with 20 or more points are the most by a Wildcat in the Deb Patterson era.
Baylor (30-1) featured a balanced attack and was led by 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year Brittney Griner. Griner finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks. Joining Griner in double digits were Destiny Williams with 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Odyssey Sims with 10 points and seven assists.
The Lady Bears raced out to a 37-9 first half lead with under six minutes to play. The Wildcats called four timeouts during the early run by Baylor. K-State connected on three 3-point field goals, but were 0-of-7 from inside the arc.
K-State would score nine points in the remaining six minutes of the opening stanza to trail Baylor, 45-18, at the half. The Wildcats shot .208 (5-of-24) from the field in opening half, which was its lowest output since shooting .185 from the field against Iowa State on Feb. 23. Baylor shot .677 (21-of-31) from the floor and held a 30-0 edge in points in the paint in the first frame.
Baylor would keep the Wildcats at bay for the second half, carding a field goal percentage of .484 and never letting the lead creep below 25 points.
For the game, K-State shot .355 from the floor and were forced into 13 turnovers. Baylor outscored K-State 54-8 in the paint and capitalized on the K-State turnovers with an 18-3 edge in points off turnovers. The Lady Bears dished out 29 assists on 36-of-62 shooting (.581).
For the afternoon, K-State was 12-of-36 from beyond the 3-point line. The Wildcats have now made five or more three-point field goals in a game 30 times this season, including a current streak of 26 straight games. The 12 made three-point field goals improved the school record for three-point field goals made in a season with 279. The mark ranks fourth in Big 12 history.
Kansas State will now wait on the selections for the 2013 Postseason WNIT. The field for the Postseason WNIT will be announced on Monday, March 18, following the announcement of the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.