K-State Falls To Texas On The Road

By: KSU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: KSU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

AUSTIN, Texas – K-State built a nine-point lead midway through the first half, but Texas used a combination of interior scoring a cold shooting by the Wildcats to record its first win in league play this season, 59-40, on Saturday at the Erwin Center. The 40 points were a season-low for the Wildcats this season.

K-State (12-8, 3-5 Big 12) was led by Brittany Chambers with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. The product of Jordan, Minn., reached double digits for the 19th time this season and the 93rd time in her career. She has led K-State in scoring 13 times this season and 53 times in her career. During the game, Chambers became the sixth player in Big 12 history and the third in school history to achieve 1,700 career points, 700 career rebounds and 300 assists.

Joining Chambers in double digits on Saturday was Bri Craig with 10 points. The freshman from Lincoln, Neb., has reached double figures in nine games this season.

The Wildcats were 8-of-35 from behind the three-point line for the afternoon. K-State suffered through an 0-of-13 stretch, which spanned the first and second halves before Bri Craig carded a three from the corner with 8:48 to play in the second half.

Texas (8-11, 1-7) was paced by Nneka Enemkpali and Imani McGee-Stafford with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Enemkpali finished with her ninth double-double of the season, as she pulled in 16 rebounds.

The Wildcats built a nine-point first half lead, 22-13, with 7:56 to play as Chambers connected on a pair of three-point field goals on consecutive possessions to push the Wildcats into its largest lead of the first stanza.

Texas narrowed the K-State lead to two, 26-24, at the half. The Longhorns used an 11-4 run to close out the opening half. Highlighting the Texas rally was Enemkpali with six points.

Texas strung together an 18-3 run to open the second half to take a 42-29 lead with 11:00 to play. The Wildcats were held without a made field goal for over 10 and a half minutes during the Texas run.

The Longhorns would build a 15-point lead twice during the second half. After the first 15-point Texas lead, 49-34 with 6:28 to play, the Wildcats narrowed the game to 11 after Haley Texada and Chambers hit three-point field goals. The Longhorns put the game away with its second 15-point lead of the game.

K-State shot 4-of-27 (.148) from the field in the second half and 3-of-16 from the three-point line. The second half field goal percentage and point total were season lows for a half.

K-State will have a week off and will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, as the Wildcats host KU for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown at 2 p.m. For the second straight season, the Zooperstars! will perform at halftime in Bramlage. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.


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