Jan. 22, 2011
Final Stats |
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Brittany Chambers exploded for a career-high-tying 26 points helping Kansas State blast Big 12 rival Nebraska, 64-37, in the last conference game against the Huskers in Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats improved to 13-5 this season and 3-2 in the Big 12, while Nebraska moves to 11-7 and 1-3 in the league.
After a chilly night against Missouri on Wednesday, Chambers recorded her third career double-double which included a team-high 11 rebounds. The Jordan, Minn., product was the catalyst in her team’s first half scoring run, as she scored eight of her 26 points on three consecutive possessions in the Wildcats’ first half blitz.
In the first nine minutes of the contest, the Wildcats went 2-for-9 from the field, while giving up numerous offensive rebounds and turning the ball over four times. Scoring was tough to come by early for both teams, but K-State went on a 17-0 scoring tear that busted the game wide open. The Wildcats held off late first half surge from the Huskers, as the Nebraska used a 10-0 run to claw back into the game. K-State was able to push the lead back to 11 heading into the break, 29-18.
K-State opened the second half in similar fashion by going on a 13-5 run to take a 42-24 advantage with 12:21 to play. The Wildcats’ defense was suffocating throughout the contest, as they forced the Huskers into 10 second half turnovers.
Kansas State got a big lift from its bench in the second, with 12 points coming off the bench. Alina Voronenko connected on a shot from the paint with 7:15 left in the game, giving the Wildcats a 53-30 advantage. Voronenko finished with 11 points off the bench, which was her second career double digit scoring performance and her second this season.
Nebraska’s 37 points were the fewest K-State has allowed to the Huskers since the first meeting between the two schools on January 17, 1975, which was an 82-31 K-State win in Manhattan. K-State forced the Huskers into 22 turnovers and held Nebraska to 23.5 percent shooting from the field for the game.
K-State returns to action on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats visit Colorado for an 8 p.m. (CT), tipoff. The game will be televised within the state of Colorado and on satellite services on FS Rocky Mountain. The action can also be found on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.
The Wildcats return to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 29, to host Kansas in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. One of the oldest rivalries in all of women’s college basketball will be renewed at 2 p.m.