SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For the first time in 26 years, K-State paid a visit to UC Santa Barbara and posted a similar result to the 1986 meeting with a 60-45 win on Saturday afternoon at the UCSB Thunderdome. The Wildcats concluded the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-3 record.
K-State was led by the pair of Brittany Chambers and Ashia Woods with a combined 38 points. Chambers registered a game-high 27 points and hauled in nine rebounds. She also dished out three assists and pocketed three steals. With her three conversions from beyond the arc, Chambers moved into third on the K-State career 3-point field goals made list with 267 and passing Kristin Rethman.
She has scored 20 or more points in six games this season and K-State has now won 19 straight games when Chambers scores 20 or more points in a game during her career. Her three assists moved her into a tie for 13th on the K-State career assists list with 277 during her four years with the Wildcats.
Woods tallied a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. The sophomore from Wichita added four rebounds and four steals to her final stat line.
UCSB jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, as Kirsten Tilleman registered four points during the early barrage. After regrouping with a timeout, the Wildcats used a 24-5 run to take a 26-16 lead with 3:22 to play in the first half. The Wildcats’ defense brought them back into the game, holding the Gauchos without a point for over eight minutes.
The Gauchos narrowed the K-State lead to seven, 26-19, with 2:42 remaining in the opening stanza on three free throws. Chambers carded the final four points of the half for K-State to push the Wildcats into a 32-23 halftime lead.
The teams traded baskets in the early stages of the second half, with UCSB cutting the K-State lead to eight, 43-35, with 11:34 remaining. The Wildcats took control of the second half with a 12-0 run to build a 55-35 lead with 5:41 remaining.
K-State’s second half run was again started by its defense, holding the Gauchos without a point for a five-minute stretch midway through the half. Chambers and Bri Craig helped pace K-State during the run with six and four points, respectively.
For the 12th straight game this season, K-State reached double figures in steals with a season-high 18. For the season, the Wildcats have 148 steals which are the most through 12 games in the Deb Patterson era.
K-State will open Big 12 action on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Lawrence for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown against KU. Game time is 7 p.m., at Allen Fieldhouse.
The game will be available on Metro Sports in the Kansas City area and on Cox 122 on the Cox Cable system throughout the state of Kansas. The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and updates will be provided on the official K-State Gameday Twitter account (@kstate_gameday).