Oct. 14, 2011
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By Mark Janssen
Brittany Chambers has proven she’s a really good marksman with the basketball.
A 5-foot-8 junior from Jordan, Minn., she has already scored 902 points in her 64 career K-State games, which ranks fourth among sophomore players only behind Kendra Wecker, Nicole Ohlde and Laurie Koehn.
Her 514 points scored last year ranks fifth in school history for a sophomore player only behind Tammie Romstad, Wecker and Ohlde, and her 88 3-pointers made last year ranked fifth only to three seasons by Koehn and one by Shawnda DeCamp in a single season.
To that early-career resume, Chambers said, “My game has so far to go. I’ve worked hard this summer on getting a shot off the dribble, hitting the mid-range shot, and getting my teammates shots through better passes.
“Summer is where your game can really get better,” said Chambers, whose career scoring average is just over 14 points per game. “The harder you push during the summer, the easier it comes in the fall.”
Through K-State’s “Shooting Gun” that kicks the ball out to the shooter, plus keeps track of shots taken, shots made, and the percentage - which includes a print out of your workout, Chambers said, “I can get in 300 shots in around 20 minutes. I try to take a shot every two seconds.
“I got in 400 to 500 shots a day, thousands per week. I shoot 50 at a time, and then take a break,” said Chambers, who was a 37 percent shooter from 3-point range in the 2010-11 season. “My goal is to make 75 percent. I do on most days, but the other day it was 73 percent and I was really freaking out. I was not a happy camper. There are times I get too mad. I’m almost too competitive with it. When I’m not close to 75 percent I have to walk it off.”
Chambers was reminded that her game has a ways to go early last spring when she was one of 33 collegians invited to Colorado Springs, Colo., at the Olympic Training Center to try out for the World Championship team from the United States. The team, coached by Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly, played in the World Championships in China.
“I think I was close, but I tried out for the shooting guard and they only took one, plus another girl who could also play the point,” said Chambers. “I thought I had a chance, and I thought I did well, but it also showed what part of my game needs to be worked on, which is working off the dribble and hitting that mid-range shot. It was good to be involved with girls who were really good at those things.
“Everyone there was an All-American or all-conference player, so it was no joke,” said Chambers.
And, it’s no joke to Chambers that her K-State career is half over with.
“Isn’t it crazy that I’m a junior?” she asked.
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