Wildcats Outpaced by Lady Bears in Second Half
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State played host to the top team in the game on Wednesday night, and battled with the Baylor Lady Bears for the first half. Baylor made its first six shot attempts and jumped out to a 14-6 lead within the first four minutes of the contest. The Wildcats would claw their way back into the game by hitting a barrage of shots from long range, but it was not enough as Baylor rolled in the second half for the 90-69 win over the Wildcats.
K-State (10-7, 1-4) pulled within five points and had a chance to cut into the lead even more late in the first half before Baylor (15-1, 5-0) would go up by nine at the break.
The Wildcats shot 32.4 percent in the first half and 33.3 percent from long range to keep close with the Lady Bears. Baylor shot an impressive 58.1 percent with 32 of its 46 points coming in the paint to open the game.
The momentum gained by K-State from sticking close to the best team in the nation was short-lived, however.
Baylor jumped on K-State with four straight baskets in the paint to open the second stanza and extend the lead to 15 and force a quick timeout from the Wildcats. Out of the break, the Bears continued to apply the pressure and built the lead to as many as 27 points.
Senior Brittany Chambers had another impressive showing for the Wildcats as she led the way with 23 points. It marked her 26th career game scoring at least 20 points. Chambers was 4-of-9 from 3-point range and pulled down four rebounds while contributing five assists. Her four connections from beyond the arc moved Chambers into a tie for fifth in Big 12 history for career 3-point field goals made (276).
With her 23 points, Chambers became the ninth player in school history to score 300 or more points in three straight seasons, becoming the first to do so since Ashley Sweat in 2009-10.
Baylor’s Brittney Griner tallied a game-high 29 points and had seven rebounds to go with three blocks and three assists. She shot 12-of-19 from the field hitting a number of pull-up jumpers in the lane.
K-State drained 13 shots from beyond the arc for the game, the most allowed by a Baylor opponent this season. The 44 attempts set the K-State school record and rank as the second-most three-point attempts in Big 12 history.
The Bears hit some milestones as well in the game. Baylor’s 90 points are the most ever scored by a K-State opponent in Bramlage Coliseum. The 35 field goals made also are an opponent record in Bramlage.
K-State will hit the road this weekend to take on TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The Wildcats defeated the Horned Frogs with less than three seconds remaining on the clock in their first meeting this season in Bramlage Coliseum by the score of 59-58. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network.