Jan. 28, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – With a barrage of three-point field goals early and key free throws late, Kansas State ended its three-game skid with a 67-56 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. K-State improved to 14-6 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 play, while the Cowgirls fall to 12-5 and 4-4.
Leading K-State’s attack was junior Brittany Chambers with a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. The product of Jordan, Minn., bounced back from an 0-of-2 effort from beyond the arc against Iowa State on Wednesday to card five of K-State’s 11 connections from beyond the arc and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line in the final minute and a half.
Joining Chambers in double figures was senior Tasha Dickey. The guard from Sandy, Utah, dropped in 15 points, including three 3-point field goals, and pulled in a career-high eight rebounds. Dickey has surpassed double figures in four of the last five games.
The Cowgirls were led by Tiffany Bias with 21 points, while Lindsey Keller added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Kansas State recovered from an early deficit to secure an 18-14 lead, as Chambers and Dickey connected on three-point field goals on consecutive trips down the floor. Oklahoma State used an 8-0 run to cut K-State lead to one at 23-22 with 5:42 to play.
The Wildcats proceeded to blitz the Cowgirls for the next 10 minutes, which spanned both halves. K-State bolted to a 26-point lead with 12:16 remaining in the game by using a 22-5 run.
The effort was jump started Chambers, as she connected on consecutive three-point field goals and followed those triples with a layup to give the Wildcats a 31-22 lead. Another Chambers layup followed by a pair of Ashia Woods free throws pushed K-State in front, 35-24, at the half. Woods finished with seven points to lead a 12-point effort from the Wildcats’ bench.
Oklahoma State cut into K-State’s lead with a 27-7 run, with Bias and Keller leading the charge. The Cowgirls closed to within six, 60-54, with 1:19 remaining on a Bias layup, but the sophomore guard picked up her fifth foul on K-State’s ensuing possession. Chambers and Dickey proceeded to connect on 7-of-8 free throws to build up the final margin.
K-State outrebounded Oklahoma State, 40-30, and held an 18-8 edge in points off turnovers.
Kansas State continues its road trip on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats visit Texas to close out the first half of Big 12 action. Game time is at 7 p.m., with the contest available on the Longhorn Network and on the K-State Sports Network.