The K-State women’s basketball team began to heat up with five minutes left in the first half, and it was all downhill from there for the Longhorns as the Wildcats pulled away for the 68-47 victory over Texas on Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
“A great team victory for us,” said head coach Deb Patterson. “I thought it was just a great night in our ability to take care of the ball. Our turnover numbers were manageable, and our assists numbers, I thought, were back on par with where they needed to be to indicate that we are playing the type of basketball that we want to play.”
It was senior guard Brittany Chambers who lead the way for the Wildcats. Despite shooting 4-10 in the first half, Chambers finished the game with 24 points, 15 of which came in the second half. On top of leading the Wildcats in scoring, Chambers also finished with a team-high eight assists. The win over Texas was K-State’s first win in their last 5 games. Their losing streak began with a 59-40 loss at Texas.
“It was a four game losing streak that probably looked worse than it felt for us,” said Chambers. “Besides the Iowa State game, I felt like we were really building and getting better and battling hard and playing teams like (Oklahoma) to like seven, eight points. So we were disappointed that we lost, but we weren’t disappointed in how we were playing, and we felt like we are getting better.”
After Chambers, the scoring was spread amongst K-State’s whole roster with five players finishing with eight or more points. Included on that list was junior guard/forward Chantay Caron, who finished with 12 points and a team high nine rebounds. It was Caron’s job to guard multiple Texas players that stand over 6-feet tall, including Imani McGee-Stafford a 6-foot-7-inch freshman center.
“Today was about playing together, boxing out and just playing hard as a team, and that’s what we did. We came together, and we got a win,” Caron said.
For Texas, the only positive seemed to be the play of sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali, who finished the game with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
“I thought that this was about as lackluster a performance from our team that I have seen, definitely in conference play,” said Karen Aston, head coach for the Longhorns. “I saw this a couple of times in non-conference play. We just played very lackluster, and you cannot go into this type of arena, against a Kansas State team on their home court and have a lackluster performance.”
Next up for K-State is a Saturday road trip to Stillwater, Okla. where they will take on Oklahoma State for the second time this season. The Wildcats pulled an early season upset with their 76-70 win over the Cowboys in Bramlage back in January.