MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will look to shake off the effects of a three-game slide on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats travel to No. 25/24 Iowa State for a 1 p.m., tipoff in Hilton Coliseum. Saturday’s game will mark the start of five road games in the final eight of the Big 12 regular season. Kansas State will look end a four-game skid in Hilton Coliseum.
Saturday afternoon’s game will be available on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Handling the play-by-play will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former Wildcat Kristin Waller will provide the color analysis. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
Kansas State (12-10, 3-7 Big 12) used a strong second half to close the gap with No. 23/19 Oklahoma, but the Sooners held off the Wildcats for the 11th straight time, 74-68. Haley Texada led K-State with a career-high 25 points as she was 10-of-18 shooting and hit three shots from beyond the arc. Texada has scored 20 or more points four times this season, with all of them coming in league action. The sophomore from Frisco, Texas, is averaging 23.0 points on a .472 field goal percentage in the last two games. For the season, she is second on the team and 14th in the Big 12 this season with a scoring average of 12.7 points per game.
Texada was joined in double figures by Mariah White and Brittany Chambers with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Chambers posted her 12th career double-double and second straight, as she led the team with 11 rebounds. In the last two games, Chambers is averaging 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds. For the season, Chambers - a Senior CLASS Award finalist - is among the top-10 in the league in seven statistical categories including: second in the Big 12 in scoring (18.7 ppg), eighth in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and paces the league in minutes played (35.9 mpg).
With three assists, she will move into 10th on the K-State career assists list. With this accomplishment, Chambers will become just the third player in school history to rank among the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and assists.
In addition to her 15 points, White dished out six assists and pocketed a pair of steals. The senior from Midwest City, Okla., needs seven assists to become the fourth player in the program’s history with 400 assists. She also needs four steals to move into ninth on the K-State career list. In four of the last five games, White has reached double digits in scoring and is averaging 11.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.0 steals during those five games.