MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s senior duo of Brittany Chambers and Mariah White again teamed up to register a large combined point total, but Iowa State had four players in double figures to defeat the Wildcats on Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum, 69-50. This was K-State’s third straight loss.
K-State (13-14, 4-11 Big 12) saw Chambers and White combine for 35 of the Wildcats’ 50 points on Saturday. In the first meeting against Iowa State this season in Ames, Chambers and White set the school record for combined points by two teammates with 59 points.
Chambers registered a game-high 18 points, reaching double digits in scoring for the 25th game this season and the 99th of her career. The native of Jordan, Minn., also added seven rebounds, four assists and a steal to her final stat line. With her seven rebounds, Chambers moved into eighth on the K-State career rebounds list with 782. Her four assists moved her into ninth on the school’s career assists list with 325.
White notched 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, four assists, three rebounds and three steals. The product of Midwest City, Okla., has reached double digits in points six times this season, all in Big 12 play. She has four games in double digits in the month of February.
Iowa State (19-6, 10-5) was paced by senior Anna Prins with 18 points. A pair of Cyclones recorded double-doubles, as senior Chelsea Poppens notched 14 points and 11 rebounds and junior Hallie Christofferson carded 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Iowa State dashed out to a 22-7 lead to begin the game, as the Wildcats were 2-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Cyclones’ lead was bolstered by a 10-0 run over a five-minute stretch, as Poppens tallied eight of the 10 points during the run.
After K-State cut the Iowa State lead to 10, 22-12, with 9:16 to play in the first stanza, Iowa State proceeded to end the half on a 15-5 run to hold a 39-17 lead at the half. The Cyclones shot .484 (15-of-31) from the field in the first half, while the Wildcats were .185 (5-of-27).
Kansas State was able to shake off the rust from the first half and cut Iowa State’s lead to 15, 52-35, as the Wildcats used a 10-2 run midway through the second half. White registered consecutive layups to help K-State close to within 15.
The momentum from K-State’s rally was short-lived, as Iowa State answered with an 8-0 run to boost its lead to 24, 62-38, with 7:15 remaining. Nicole Blaskowsky jump-started the Cyclones’ run with consecutive three-point field goals.
For the game, the Wildcats shot .315 (17-of-54) with a .444 field goal percentage in the second half. K-State tallied a 15-10 edge in points off turnovers, forcing the Cyclones into 13 turnovers. Iowa State shot .456 from the field (26-of-57) and outrebounded K-State, 42-26.
Kansas State will return to the road on Tuesday, as the Wildcats visit West Virginia for a 6 p.m. (CT), tipoff at the WVU Coliseum. The game will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com.