It was a record-setting night for Brittany Chambers, as the K-State guard poured in a career-high 36 points. It was not enough, though, as the K-State women’s basketball team (13-15, 4-12 Big 12 Conference) fell to the Mountaineers (17-10, 9-7 Big 12) 66-57 on Tuesday night.
K-State, behind 20 first-half points from Chambers, surged in the opening period. They led by as many as 10 and took a 31-23 lead into halftime.
Chambers was everywhere for the Wildcats during the first half. She was 8-of-12 from the field, and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. She grabbed five rebounds, got a steal and assisted on two of the four first-half buckets she didn’t score herself.
A sluggish K-State start allowed West Virginia to ride an 11-3 run to tie the game five minutes into the second half, but K-State responded with back-to-back threes by Chantay Caron and Mariah White to give the Wildcats a 40-34 cushion. Less than a minute later, Chambers knocked in her fifth 3-pointer of the evening, prompting West Virginia head coach Mike Carey to call a quick timeout.
His team responded. An Ayana Dunning layup capped a 14-4 WVU run that turned a 5-point deficit into a 54-47 lead with 6:06 remaining in the ballgame.
Chambers’ sixth and final 3-pointer of the night pulled K-State to within 4 points at 58-54, but the Wildcats wouldn’t get any closer, losing their fourth straight Big 12 Conference game.
Chambers’ 36 points were the most ever by a Wildcat against a conference opponent, and she was joined in double-figures by Caron who had 11.
Christal Caldwell and Dunning led the way for West Virginia with 15 points a piece. Dunning also grabbed seven rebounds to help the West Virginia cause.
K-State returns home on Saturday to play host to Texas Tech. It is the final home game of the season for the Wildcats, as seniors Chambers and White will suit up one last time in front of the Bramlage Coliseum crowd. Tipoff for the game is set for 12:30 p.m.