K-State Tops Texas, 64-55
Feb. 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Kansas State saw a six-point halftime lead turn into an eight-point Texas advantage midway through the second half, but the Wildcats battled back and held off the Longhorns down the stretch as they picked up a 64-55 win Wednesday evening at the Frank Irwin Center.
With the win, the Wildcats (15-6, 6-3) are now tied for second in the Big 12 standings heading into a showdown with the nation’s top-ranked team, Baylor, Saturday in Manhattan. The victory over Texas was the first since a 66-50 triumph in Manhattan three seasons ago, while it was the first in Austin since a 77-74 win in 2008.
Texas fell to 13-8 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 play with the loss.
K-State had three players score in double figures, led by Brittany Chambers’ 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Jalana Childs, who went 7-of-16 from the field, was right behind her with 16 points, while Tasha Dickey scored 10.
Texas’ Chassidy Fussell led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 5-of-9 mark from the behind the three-point line. Ashleigh Fontenette also added 17 for the Longhorns.
Kansas State led at the half, 31-24, but Texas opened up the second stanza with a 16-1 run to take a 40-32 lead with 11:51 to play. During the run, Fussell and Fontenette had seven and five points, respectively.
Over the next five minutes, K-State promptly got back into the game with a 16-3 run of its own. Following Chambers’ first and only three-pointer of the evening to get the Wildcats to within one, Ashia Woods pulled down an offensive rebound and put it back in to give K-State a 44-43 lead. After a pair of stops on the defensive end, Childs and Chambers each made layups to extend the K-State lead to 48-43.
Texas then went on a 6-0 spurt with a pair of three-point plays to take a one-point lead at 49-48 with five minutes left. But, with the game tied at 52 apiece, Childs made two jumpers around a Texas free throw to give the Wildcats a 56-53 lead, one they would not relinquish.
Kansas State shot only 10 free throws the entire evening, making eight, but the Wildcats were outstanding at the line in the closing minutes as they made all six foul shots attempted in the final two minutes of the contest.
The Wildcats recorded 13 steals on the evening, including a career high six from Branshea Brown. K-State also forced 21 Texas turnovers, the most since North Dakota State had 21 on December 18. Kansas State scored 18 points off the Longhorn miscues.
K-State used a 10-1 run to capture a 17-13 lead early in the first half. The rally was boosted by a pair of three-point field goals off the bench from Chantay Caron, and the Wildcats eventually built a five-point first half lead at 21-16 as Chambers connected on a running lay-in.
A Mariah White jumper just before the shot clock expired, followed by a steal and jump shot by Chambers, gave the Wildcats their 31-24 halftime lead. K-State scored 11 points off of 11 turnovers by Texas in the opening stanza and closed out the half shooting 14-of-31 from the field.
Kansas State returns home from its two-game road trip on Saturday as the Wildcats will host No. 1 Baylor at 7 p.m. The contest against the Lady Bears marks K-State’s participation in the national “Pack the House” initiative. Fans may purchase tickets and selected concession items for a $1. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.