Chambers’ Buzzer-Beater Sends K-State to Win
DALLAS, Texas – With the score tied at 49, Kansas State’s senior duo of Mariah White and Brittany Chambers combined for a spectacular buzzer-beater to send K-State to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships with a 51-49 win on Friday night.
K-State has advanced at least one round in the Big 12 Championships in 13 of 17 seasons. The Wildcats are 7-3 in first round games.
K-State (15-16) was paced by Brittany Chambers, Haley Texada and Chantay Caron with 49 of the team’s 51 points. Chambers recorded a game-high 20 points and tied White with nine rebounds.
With her point total on Friday night, Chambers became the third player in school history to score 2,000 career points (2,005), joining Kendra Wecker (2,333) and Nicole Ohlde (2,241). She is the first guard in the program’s history to reach this mark.
This was Chambers’ 29th game this season in double figures and the 103rd of her career. Chambers became the school record holder for points in a senior season with 627, passing Wecker’s record of 609 in the 2004-05 season. Overall for points in a season, Chambers ranks fourth in school history.
The effort was her 35th career game of 20 or more points and her 17th this season. The 17 games with 20 or more points are the most by a Wildcat in the Deb Patterson era.
Texada, playing in her first career Big 12 tournament game, she notched her second straight double-digit scoring game with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. The sophomore from Frisco, Texas tallied 15 points in the first half.
Caron carded her fourth straight game in double figures with 10 points. The junior from Lawrence, Kan., registered eight points for K-State in the final five minutes of the contest.
Texas (12-18) was led by Nneka Enemkpali and Imani McGee-Stafford. McGee-Stafford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Enemkpali tallied 12 points and seven rebounds.
Kansas State used four 3-point field goals to secure a 12-8 edge on Texas with 12:04 to play. The final three-pointer by Chambers helped kick start a 9-0 run for the Wildcats to push K-State into an 18-8 lead with 9:00 to play in the first. K-State’s first made two-point field goal came with 11:11 to play in the opening half, as Chambers found Caron cutting to the basket.
After the Longhorns narrowed K-State’s lead to 18-13 with 6:56 to play, K-State closed out the half on a 9-4 run highlighted by a Texada running jumper to beat the halftime buzzer and give K-State a 27-17 lead.
Texas used a 9-3 run to secure its first lead, 38-37 with 7:59 to play, since the 17:38 mark of the first half when the score was 4-3. Celina Rodrigo notched four points during the run, while McGee-Stafford tallied three. The Longhorns would expand their lead to as many as five with under five minutes to play.
K-State was able to tie the game at 47 with 2:09 to play, as Chantay Caron dropped in her second 3-pointer of the second half. The Wildcats used a 7-2 run to pull even with the Longhorns.
Caron would give the Wildcats’ the lead, 49-47, with 59 seconds to play. McGee-Stafford would connect on a baseline jump shot to square the game at 49 with under 20 seconds to play. Mariah White held the ball in the low post on K-State’s final possession and Chambers cut back door with under three seconds to play to connect on the game-winning layup. The layup was confirmed by video replay.
For the night, K-State was 8-of-32 from beyond the 3-point line. The eight made three-point field goals helped break the school record for three-point field goals made in a season with 267. The previous record of 262 was set in the 2001-02 season.
Kansas State will face 2013 Big 12 regular season champion Baylor at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports and will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com.
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