Chambers’ Career-High Not Enough for Wildcats
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Kansas State was led by a stellar performance from Brittany Chambers, but the Wildcats were defeated by West Virginia on Wednesday night, 66-57, at WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers captured the season series and K-State has now lost four straight games.
Chambers recorded a career-high 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting, including a 6-of-10 effort from beyond the arc. She also hauled in eight rebounds and dished out three assists.
The effort was the 32nd career game of 20 or more points for Chambers and her 14th this season. This was her fourth career 30-point game and the 43rd in school history. She is the fourth player in school history to record four or more games of 30 or more points in a career. This was the highest point total against a conference opponent in school history.
The 14 games with 20 or more points are the most by a Wildcat since the 2003-04 season when Kendra Wecker tallied 16 games with 20 or more points.
Joining Chambers in double figures was Chantay Caron. The junior from Lawrence, Kan., registered 11 points, four rebounds and a career-high three blocks. This was Caron’s fifth career game in double figures and her fourth this season.
West Virginia (17-10, 9-7) saw four players in double figures led by Ayana Dunning and Christal Caldwell. Dunning and Caldwell each notched 15 points, while Dunning pulled in seven rebounds.
After the two teams traded field goals in the early stages of the first half, Kansas State (13-15, 4-12) wrestled itself into control of the game with three consecutive 3-point field goals to jump start a 14-5 run. Haley Texada started the run with a corner three, followed by consecutive three-pointers from Chambers. The Wildcats held a 22-15 lead with 7:56 to play in the first half following Chambers’ third three of the half.
K-State would build its lead to 10 on three separate occasions in the first half. The first time came on Chambers’ fourth 3-pointer of the half. The second on an acrobatic runner by Chambers as the shot clock expired to make the score 27-17 with 5:47 to play. The final 10-point lead for K-State came on another acrobatic layup by Chambers to give K-State a 31-21 lead with 1:26 to play.
Chambers recorded the first 20-point half by a Wildcat this season, as she tallied 20 points, five rebounds and two assists in the first stanza. The Wildcats shot .387 from the field in the first half. K-State forced the Mountaineers into 10 turnovers in the opening half and scored 11 points off those WVU miscues.
K-State opened the second half with a slow start, as West Virginia raced to an 11-3 run to tie the game at 34 with 15:52 to play in the second half. Dunning started the rally with four points.
The Wildcats fought back into the lead with three straight 3-pointers for a 43-36 lead with 13:03 to play and force a West Virginia timeout. Caron drained a top of the key three to start the run, followed by a high-arcing three from Mariah White and Chambers capped it with a step back three.
West Virginia battled back into the lead with a 18-4 run to hold a 54-47 advantage with 6:04 to play. Jess Harlee provided seven of her 11 points during the Mountaineers’ rally.
Chambers brought K-State back to within four points, 58-54, with 3:07 to play on her sixth 3-pointer of the game. The Wildcats had a pair of empty possessions that would have narrowed the deficit or brought the Wildcats back into the lead. Christal Caldwell knocked down a three with 1:21 to play to give the Mountaineers a 61-54 lead.
For the game, K-State shot .350 from the field while West Virginia shot .426. The Mountaineers held a 41-35 edge rebounds and capped a 40-16 advantage in points in the paint.
Kansas State will return to Bramlage Coliseum to host its regular season home finale on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., against Texas Tech. Saturday’s game will be Senior Day, as K-State will honor the accomplishments of its two seniors, Brittany Chambers and Mariah White.
Saturday’s game will be available on FOX College Sports Central and K-StateHD.TV. Fans can also tune into the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com. For ticket information, call 800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
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