Dec. 30, 2010
HANOVER, N.H. – Led by double figure scoring efforts from Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs, Kansas State concluded its non-conference schedule with a dominating 68-39 win over Vermont in the Blue Sky Classic on Wednesday at Leede Arena. The 39 points allowed by K-State were the fewest this season and lowest since surrendering 33 to Missouri on Feb. 10, 2010.
K-State (10-3) held its seventh opponent this season to 49 points or less, by limiting the Catamounts to a 28.3 field goal percentage. The Wildcats shot 43.5 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from three-point range, for the game and forced 24 Vermont turnovers, which resulted 30 points for K-State.
Chambers notched 18 points, including 13 in the second half. The sophomore guard from Jordan, Minn., recorded 44 points in the two games of the Blue Sky Classic and has scored in double figures in 10 games this season and 32 contests in her career. She was 3-of-9 from beyond the arc and has now made a three-point field goal in 18 straight games, dating back to last season.
Childs tallied 15 points and five rebounds off the bench. The junior forward from Orlando, Fla., notched 26 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the two games.
Also adding to the K-State attack were sophomore guard Taelor Karr and junior forward Branshea Brown. Karr finished with nine points, four rebounds and four steals, while Brown registered six points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot off the bench.
Vermont (0-12) was paced by Lauren Buschmann with 14 points, while Ashley Hoyt added 11 off the bench.
A pair of early three-point field goals from Karr and Chambers in the second half propelled the Wildcats to a 41-18 lead with 15:54 remaining. Chambers rattled in a fast break jumper and a second three-pointer for a personal 8-0 run. Karr added four more points during the next two minutes to send K-State’s lead to 25, 45-20, with 11:40 to play. The Wildcats would hold a 34-point advantage, 60-26, with 5:20 remaining in the contest, following a Chantay Caron fast break layup
In the first half, Childs pushed K-State to an early 10-point lead, 17-7, with 11 points off the bench. Branshea Brown and Brittany Chambers added six and five points, respectively, to push K-State’s lead to 16, 27-11, with 4:23 to play.
Kelsey Hill connected on K-State’s first three-point field of the evening with 1:36 remaining to stake K-State to a 30-15 halftime lead. The Wildcats shot 38.7 percent from the field in the opening half and held the Catamounts to 25.0 percent. The 15 points by Vermont in the first half were a season low for points allowed in a half by the Wildcats this season.
Kansas State will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 9 against Oklahoma State at 2:30 p.m. The contest is the Big 12 opener for both squad’s and will mark K-State’s participation in the NCAA’s “Pack the House” initiative. K-State is offering tickets and selected concession items for just $1. To purchase tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221 CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com.
K-State’s Big 12 opener with the Cowgirls will be broadcast nationwide on Fox Sports Net and will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.