With the help of 18 points from senior guard Brittany Chambers, the K-State women’s basketball team beat Wichita State University 48-43 Tuesday night to move to 6-0 on the year.
Chambers, who added six rebounds, three steals and an assist, has been key to the Wildcats’ success, leading the team with 19.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and three assists per game. She scored seven straight points for the Wildcats in less than two minutes in last night’s game, pushing the Cats to a 9-2 lead and forcing Wichita State to call timeout with 15:35 left in the half.
The Wildcats held the lead throughout the first half, increasing it to 20-10 with just over two minutes to go in the half. A 3-by-3 by Wichita senior guard Jessica Diamond followed by a 2-point jumper by sophomore forward Kelsey Jacobs cut the Cats’ lead in half before halftime.
The Wildcats started to pull away in the second half, increasing their lead to 36-21 less than six minutes in. The Shockers then came to life behind Diamond with around 7 minutes left in the game, fighting their way back to a 42-40 deficit. Chambers scored with just over a minute to go to give the Wildcats a 6-point lead, and 20 seconds later, freshman guard Brianna Craig iced the game with a pair of free throws. K-State scraped out a 5-point road win over now 3-5 Wichita State.
Chambers, who played all but two minutes in the victory, shot 38.8 percent from the field, hitting just 1-of-5 from the 3-point line, and made three of six free throws. Three of Chambers’ six boards came on the offensive end, but she turned the ball over four times compared to just one assist.
Junior forward Chantay Caron led the Wildcats with nine rebounds, including six on offense.
Diamond led the Shockers with 13 points and added three steals. Redshirt junior forward Michelle Price came off the bench to lead Wichita State with 10 rebounds.
Before the game, Wichita State hosted the second annual Color Me Pink Luncheon to support breast cancer research. The head coaches of both teams, Deb Patterson of K-State and Jody Adams of Wichita State, spoke to attendees in a question-and-answer session at the luncheon.
K-State will return home to face South Dakota at 3 p.m. on Dec. 9 in Bramlage Coliseum.